Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online

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Edited by: Marc L. Greenberg (editor-in-chief), University of Kansas; Lenore A. Grenoble (general editor), University of Chicago; associate editors: Stephen M. Dickey, University of Kansas, René Genis, University of Amsterdam, Marek Łaziński, University of Warsaw, Mikhail Oslon, Institute of the Polish Language - Cracow, Anita Peti-Stantić, University of Zagreb, Masako Ueda Fidler, Brown University, Mladen Uhlik, University of Ljubljana, Björn Wiemer, University of Mainz, Nadežda V. Zorixina-Nilsson, Stockholm University

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The Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics offers a comprehensive overview of the languages of the Slavic language family and the different ways in which they are and have been studied. It provides authoritative treatment of all important aspects of the Slavic language family from its Indo-European origins to the present day, as well as consideration of interaction of Slavic with other languages.

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Balkan Convergence Area (forthcoming)

(7 words)

Author(s): Friedman, Victor
forthcomingVictor Friedman
Date: 2023-01-04

Balkan Slavic and Balkan Turkish

(7,111 words)

Author(s): Rentzsch, Julian | Rudin, Catherine
Balkan Turkish and Balkan Slavic languages have been in close contact for six centuries, from the late 14th century on, resulting in extensive bidirectional lexical borrowing and grammatical influence. This article surveys the effects of Turkish influence on Balkan Slavic and of Slavic influence on Balkan Turkish. The Balkan Peninsula has been the scene of extensive, intensive, and prolonged contact between Turkish and South Slavic languages (as well as with the other Balkan languages: Greek, Balkan Romance, and Albanian). Turkish dialects s…
Date: 2023-01-04

Balkan Sprachbund

(6 words)

See Balkan Convergence Area.
Date: 2023-01-04


(4,935 words)

Author(s): Derksen, Rick
As Slavic seems to be more closely related to Baltic than to any other branch of Indo-European, the one-time existence of a Balto-Slavic linguistic community has been advocated since the beginnings of comparative linguistics. Over the years, the proponents of the Balto-Slavic hypothesis have pointed out a series of common innovations, many of which belong to the field of accentology. A prime example is Winter’s law (Winter 1978), which is a comparatively late discovery that gradually ga…
Date: 2023-01-04

Balto-Slavic Accentology, Schools of

(5,141 words)

Author(s): Yamazaki, Yoko
The prosodic system of Proto-Slavic (Accentology, Accent Systems, Suprasegmental Phonetics and Phonology) is characterized by stress pattern (or accentual mobility/immobility), distinctive tones, and vowel quantities. The reconstruction is based on the accentuation systems of the attested Slavic languages, the western varieties of South Slavic languages, i.e., BCMS and Slovene, which have distinctive tone systems and mobile and immobile paradigms for nominals and verbs. East Slavic lang…
Date: 2023-01-04


(3 words)

Date: 2020-12-23


(7 words)

See Bosnian; Croatian; Macedonian; Serbian. 
Date: 2023-01-04

Be and Have

(4,569 words)

Author(s): Clancy, Steven
The Slavic be (existential/copula) and have (possessive) constructions fall mostly within the familiar expectations of the Standard Average European (SAE) Sprachbund, where we find explicit verbal expressions for be (an overt copula) and have (a transitive verb for predicative possession), with the notable exception of various phenomena in East Slavic and especially in Russian, where we find a zero copula (Ø) and the expression of have in Ru u X-gen ( estˈ) Y-nom [at X (there is) Y] ‘X has Y’ construction. (See Haspelmath 2001 for background on the term going back …
Date: 2023-01-04

Beekeeping: Etymology and Toponomastics

(5,748 words)

Author(s): Neshkoska, Emilija
This article examines the most widespread apicultural terminology present in the Slavic linguistic territory, highlighting beekeeping as a key economic activity among the Slavs, both in their ancestral homeland and after their migrations to the west, north, and south. In addition to basic apicultural terminology, the article examines certain geographical names whose origins were motivated by beekeeping. The article sheds light on a part of Slavic toponymy, treating names based on the most widesp…
Date: 2023-01-04


(5,317 words)

Author(s): Jankowiak, Mirosław
The article examines the Belarusian language and its various aspects, including basic language information, language name, history of the Belarusian literary language, and its dialect differentiation. The article presents the structure of the Belarusian language (phonetics, morphology, and syntax), its vocabulary, its centuries-long language contacts, its stylistic differentiation, and its sociolinguistic situation. The Belarusian language constitutes one of the three East Slavic languages. Since 1995, Belarusian remains in force, besides Russian…
Date: 2023-01-04