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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, Masako Ueda Fidler, Brown University, René Genis, University of Amsterdam, Marek Łaziński, University of Warsaw, Anita Peti-Stantić, University of Zagreb, 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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Illyrian Movement

(5,361 words)

Author(s): Coha, Suzana
The article treats the two main uses of the term Illyrian, both as a (pre)-Roman substratum to the territory in which South Slavic languages are now spoken and its application to pre-Romantic and Romantic notions of ethnolinguistic identity among the South Slavs. Notably, in the early 19th century, the Illyrian Movement formed the core of the Croatian National Revival, which in turn formed the modern Croatian national identity. As the Illyrian Movement emphasized the South Slavic compon…
Date: 2020-12-23

Impersonal Constructions

(7 words)

Author(s): Kor Chahine, Irina | Guiraud-Weber, Marguerite
forthcomingIrina Kor ChahineMarguerite Guiraud-Weber
Date: 2020-12-23

Inalienable Possession

(5 words)

Author(s): Fried, Mirjam
forthcomingMirjam Fried
Date: 2020-12-23

Indirect Object, Treatment of

(7 words)

Author(s): Jurkiewicz-Rohrbacher, Edyta
forthcomingEdyta Jurkiewicz-Rohrbacher
Date: 2020-05-22

Infinitive Loss (Balkans)

(7 words)

Author(s): Joseph, Brian D.
forthcomingBrian D. Joseph
Date: 2020-12-23

Infinitives, Constructions with

(3,856 words)

Author(s): Hansen, Björn | Łaziński, Marek
The infinitive is a verbal form found in all Slavic languages except some South Slavic: Bulgarian and Macedonian (and the Serbian Torlak dialect), where the form became extinct a few hundred years ago. In this chapter, we shall focus on North Slavic: Polish ( bezokolicznik), Russian ( infinitiv, neopredelennaja forma glagola), and Czech ( infinitiv/neurčitek).The infinitive is marked for aspect but not for tense, mood, number, or person. Like participles and adverbial participles, it forms a “quasi grammatical category” in the sense of Melˈčuk…
Date: 2020-12-23


(3 words)

Author(s): Spencer, Andrew
forthcomingAndrew Spencer
Date: 2020-07-15

Inflectional Systems

(6 words)

Author(s): Spencer, Andrew | Wiemer, Björn
forthcomingAndrew SpencerBjörn Wiemer
Date: 2020-12-23

Information Structure

(7 words)

See Functional Sentence Perspective.
Date: 2020-12-23

Information Structure

(8 words)

Author(s): Hajičová, Eva
See Functional Sentence Perspective.Eva Hajičová
Date: 2020-03-26


(3 words)

Author(s): Wiemer, Björn
forthcomingBjörn Wiemer
Date: 2020-12-23

Inter-Slavic Language Contact

(4,865 words)

Author(s): Rabus, Achim
Besides numerous instances of contact with non-Slavic languages, Slavic languages and their varieties have been and continue to be in contact with other Slavic languages. Instances of inter-Slavic contact encompass phenomena as different as the century-long diglossic interaction of Church Slavic and Russian, standardization of “smaller” Slavic vernacular languages using linguistic material from “larger,” more established ones, and exclusively spoken hybridization phenomena such as  surzhyk ( suržyk) or  trasjanka that usually have a low sociolinguistic status a…
Date: 2020-12-23

Intonation (Sentence): Russian

(7 words)

Author(s): Yanko, Tatyana E.
forthcomingTatyana E. Yanko
Date: 2020-12-23