Re: Weird stuff
|From:||Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, April 26, 2001, 22:26|
> The "inverted breve" is also used to mark the long vowel-rising tone in
> Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and Slovenian. (Accent marks are not used in
> normal writing, but are used in teaching.)
> The long vowel-falling tone is marked with a double grave accent. Short
> vowels mark tone by the acute and grave accents for rising and falling tone,
> These accents are used for both Latin or Cyrillic alphabets.
We have this lovely joke...
"Pre rata imali smo jedan jezik - srpskhrvatski - a sada imamo
sest: srpski, hrvatski, bosanski, hercegovacki, crnski i gorski..."
"Before the war we had one language - Serbocroatian - but now we have
six: Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Hercegovinian, Montenian and Negrian..."
Note: Monte Negro is called Crna Gora in Serbian, hence the two parts...
Yes, I do myself call it Serbian, as I speak ekavski dialect, which is
spoken mainly by Serbs, but also by some Croats in Slavonija. But, that's
primarily because it is shorter than Serbocroatian, or whatever. I used
to, and sometimes still do, call it Yugoslavian (though that's not correct
as it assumes Hungarian, Slovene, Macedonian, Albanian etc. are part of it
too - but it is accurate, as everyone spoke it; it was the language of the
army, and everyone had to serve in the army - a Slovene Captain had to
speak to a Slovene Private in Yugoslavian - officially anyway).
Ferenc Gy. Valoczy
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