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Common Czech (Obecná Čeština)
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Obecná čeština (lit. Common Czech; henceforth CC) is a nonstandard and uncodified variety of Czech used in everyday communication with the potential to be a nationwide koine or vernacular for a wide range of informal and semiformal situations. The term CC is said to be derived from Hermann Paul’s Gemeinsprache (Sgall et al. 1992: 266), but it can be used to denote any informal spoken variety of Czech (cf. “Hovorová čeština”).

The status of CC was subject to discussions during the 20th century from both…

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Cvrček, Václav, “Common Czech (Obecná Čeština)”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief: Marc L. Greenberg, General Editor: Lenore A. Grenoble. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_031991>
First published online: 2020

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