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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(3,150 words)

Author(s): Langston, Keith
The Čakavian dialects of Croatian are spoken primarily in Istria, on the Croatian coast and islands, and in scattered areas in the Croatian interior; in the Burgenland (Austria); and in neighboring parts of Hungary and Slovakia. While these dialects show influences of extensive language contact (primarily with Venetian Italian or German), they preserve many archaic features, especially in their prosodic systems, which make them valuable sources of data for historical Slavic linguistics.Čakavian is one of three major dialect groups constituting what was previously …
Date: 2023-08-10

Carpathian Convergence Area

(7,821 words)

Author(s): Danylenko, Andriy
The Carpathian convergence area encompasses southwest Ukrainian, Polish, Slovak, Moravian, Hungarian, some Romanian, and Romani dialects, which have been in the focus of Carpathian linguistics since the 1960s. This discipline has been primarily concerned with lexical Carpathian and Carpathian-Balkan convergences, including ethnolinguistic and even folklore isoglosses. Today, in addition to a limited number of phonological and derivational features, major structural convergences found in t…
Date: 2023-08-10


(5,526 words)

Author(s): Danylenko, Andriy
The linguonym “Carpatho-Rusyn” refers to a group of East Slavic dialects used in Subcarpathian Rusˈ (found within Ukraine, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and north-central Romania). One commonly distinguishes three regional variants of Carpatho-Rusyn, namely, Transcarpathian (Subcarpathian) Rusyn in Ukraine, Slovakian (Prešov) Rusyn in East Slovakia, and Lemko Rusyn in Poland. Genetically, Carpatho-Rusyn belongs to the southwestern Ukrainian dialect system. This is why the presence of featur…
Date: 2023-08-10

Case and Semantic Roles (forthcoming)

(5 words)

Author(s): Biskup, Petr
forthcomingPetr Biskup
Date: 2023-08-10

Causation and Causatives (forthcoming)

(7 words)

Author(s): Zaika, Natalia M. | Xrakovskij, Viktor Samuilovič
forthcomingNatalia M. ZaikaViktor Samuilovič Xrakovskij
Date: 2023-08-10


(4 words)

See Causation and Causatives.
Date: 2023-08-10


(2,871 words)

Author(s): Jankowiak, Mirosław
The article discusses the phonetic process that consists in the affrication of the soft consonants [dj] > [ʣ̑ʲ] and [tj] > [ʦ̑ʲ], typical for the Belarusian language and its dialects (except for the Polesian subdialects in southwestern Belarus), the Polish literary language and most of its subdialects, and some Russian subdialects. The article presents the phonetic phenomenon, the history of the emergence of affrication during the period of Old Belarusian language as well as later periods, different theories…
Date: 2023-08-10

Celto-Slavic Linguistic Relationship: Inheritance and Contact

(4,324 words)

Author(s): Prósper, Blanca María
Since the late 19th century, scholars have from time to time considered the possibility of classifying some items of Common Slavic vocabulary as borrowings from Celtic. In recent years, this approach to Slavic etymology has enjoyed renewed popularity. The significance that one attaches to shared features will of course be contingent on the picture of the successive waves of the Indo-European fragmentation that one espouses, since the forms at issue can be loanwords from one Indo-European …
Date: 2023-08-10