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Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian: A Grammar with Sociolinguistic Commentary

These are the 1st finished studying fabrics after the breakup of the previous Yugoslavia and the emergence of 3 part languages, Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. The textbook and the grammar can be utilized individually or jointly, whereas the audio fabrics are designed to complement the textbook. all of the 3 goods is bought separately.

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, a Grammar analyzes and clarifies the advanced, dynamic language state of affairs within the former Yugoslavia. Addressing squarely the problems hooked up with the splintering of Serbo-Croatian into part languages, this quantity offers lecturers and beginners with functional strategies and highlights the variations one of the languages in addition to the communicative middle that all of them proportion. the 1st publication to hide all 3 elements of the post-Yugoslav linguistic atmosphere, this reference guide features:

Thorough presentation of the grammar universal to Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian, with explication of all of the significant ameliorations
Examples from a vast variety of spoken language and literature
New ways to accessory and clitic ordering, of the main tough issues in BCS grammar
Order of grammar presentation in chapters 1–16 keyed to corresponding classes in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, a Textbook
Sociolinguistic statement explicating the cultural and political context in which Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian functionality and feature been defined
Separate indexes of the grammar and sociolinguistic statement, and of all phrases mentioned in both.

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"Well written and admirably equipped, this paintings is a milestone within the learn of Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. it's the first unified description of BCS because the break-up of former Yugoslavia and comprises Professor Alexander's very important sociolinguistic commentary."—Victor A. Friedman, college of Chicago

Ronelle Alexander is professor of Slavic languages and literatures on the collage of California, Berkeley. She is the writer of the two-volume in depth Bulgarian: A Textbook and Reference Grammar.

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The BCS infinitive is biti, and there are two different present tense conjugations. One is used only to give commands and after certain conjunctions; its conjugation is given in [53c]. The other, which is used in all other situations, has three different forms: two long forms known as the full and the negated forms, and a short form known as the clitic form, which will be defined and discussed below in [12a-b]. Here are their conjugations. Note that both the full and negated forms are made by prefixing a particle to the clitic form.

Who’s that? What’s this? I’m a student. And what [do] you [do]? He’s a Croat. And what [nationality] are they? S,B ko / C tko; S,B šta / C što 8b. “Yes-no” questions Questions which expect an answer of yes or no are formed by using the question particle li in one of two ways. In the first, the verb begins the sentence and the particle li follows it directly. If the primary sentence verb is a form of biti, the full form is used. If the verb is 3rd singular, a different “full” form is used: it is spelled exactly like the short form (je) but is pronounced fully accented.

Nouns ending in -a (both feminine and masculine) follow another declension. The third declension (discussed in [31]) is restricted to feminine nouns with a zero ending. For complete declensions of all three types of nouns, see [89]. ) is not a case, since it does not express a grammatical meaning such as subject, object or the like. Additionally, its use is not obligatory with all nouns. The meaning of the vocative is to indicate that a person (or more rarely, a thing) is being addressed in conversation.

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