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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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Illocutionary Acts

(7 words)

See Speech Acts and Illocutionary Acts.
Date: 2023-10-27

Illyrian and Slavic Contact (forthcoming)

(7 words)

Author(s): Ligorio, Orsat | Savić, Danilo
forthcomingOrsat LigorioDanilo Savić
Date: 2023-10-27

Illyrian Movement

(5,301 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 componen…
Date: 2023-10-27

Impersonal Constructions (forthcoming)

(5 words)

Author(s): Kor Chahine, Irina | Guiraud-Weber, Marguerite
forthcomingIrina Kor ChahineMarguerite Guiraud-Weber
Date: 2023-10-27

Inalienable Possession

(4,183 words)

Author(s): Křivan, Jan | Láznička, Michal
The term inalienable possession is used to describe a group of nouns that are, as part of their meaning, inherently related to a possessor (most typically body parts or kinship terms) and that, as a consequence, cross-linguistically produce distinctive morphosyntactic coding. While the Slavic languages do not have a grammaticalized distinction between alienable and inalienable possession, there are several constructions that are influenced by this phenomenon. In this entry, we describe th…
Date: 2023-10-27

Inchoativity (forthcoming)

(3 words)

Author(s): Pátrovics, Péter
fothcomingPéter Pátrovics
Date: 2023-10-27

Indirect Object

(6 words)

See Object, Direct and Indirect.
Date: 2023-10-27

Indirect Object, Treatment of

(7 words)

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

Indo-European and Slavic

(4,953 words)

Author(s): Matasović, Ranko
This article presents the main phonological and morphological developments from Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Slavic. It also discusses the position of Slavic in the Indo-European family of languages and the question of the Balto-Slavic subbranch of Indo-European.The Slavic languages are a branch of the Indo-European language family, along with Anatolian, Indo-Iranian, Greek, Italic, Celtic, Germanic, Armenian, Tocharian, Baltic, and Albanian, as well as a few poorly attested languages that cannot be assigned to any of the af…
Date: 2023-10-27

Infinitive Loss (Balkans) (forthcoming)

(5 words)

Author(s): Joseph, Brian D.
forthcomingBrian D. Joseph
Date: 2023-10-27

Infinitives, Constructions with

(3,867 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 Mel…
Date: 2023-10-27


(3 words)

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

Inflectional Systems

(6,160 words)

Author(s): Spencer, Andrew | Wiemer, Björn
Inflectional systems can be regarded as paradigms, that is, abstract systems of intersecting grammatical properties (features), as sets of morphophonological word forms, and as members of a lexeme. Purely inflectional systems are compared with voice alternations, transpositions, and evaluative morphology. Affixal inflection is compared with periphrasis and clitic constructions. Careful and explicit description is needed to draw the boundaries between inflectional systems and other types of lexical relatedness. Traditional descriptions are sometimes misleading.This a…
Date: 2023-10-27

Information Structure

(8 words)

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

Information Structure

(5 words)

See Functional Sentence Perspective.
Date: 2023-10-27


(7,890 words)

Author(s): Wiemer, Björn
Insubordination is defined by Evans (2007: 376) as “conventionalized main clause use of what, on prima facie grounds, appear to be formally subordinate clauses.” This formulation implies a diachronic and a synchronic perspective. From the diachronic point of view, insubordination amounts to a change by which a clause “gets rid” of its subordinate status (e.g., as a complement or adverbial clause), i.e., it no longer occurs embedded and conveys its own illocution. This has been captured as main-c…
Date: 2023-10-27

Inter-Slavic Language Contact

(4,809 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 …
Date: 2023-10-27
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