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What’s with this “Wren” thing?
The oldest extant version of the fable
are presenting here appeared in 1913 in the first volume of a two-volume anthology
Saxon folktales (Plattdeutsche
Volksmärchen “Low German Folktales”)
collected by Wilhelm Wisser (1843–1935). Read
their irregular rhythms, intricate footwork
Eastern echoes, traditional Serbian
and dance have many admirers around the world.
Serbo-Croatian (or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) is a collective name of three South
Slavic dialect groups that since the disintegration of Yugoslavia have been
given separate language status as Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian. Differences
between them are, however, dialectical. They are lexical as well, because
Bosnian is most used by Muslims (and uses particularly many Turkish and Arabic
loanwords), Croatian by Roman-Catholics (and uses particularly many Latin and
and Serbian by followers of Eastern
Orthodoxy (and uses man Greek loanwords). Although linguistically justifiable,
referring to the three as dialect groups is controversial for political reasons. Some people present Montenegrin as an additional language.
is used by non-Serbian and non-Croatian population of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Croatian is used
by most ethnic Croats, not only in Croatia but all over the area of former
Yugoslavia and also in parts of Austria and Italy. Many dialects of Croatia’s Adriatic coast (Dalmatia) have substrata of the now extinct Romance
Serbian is the primary language of Serbia and Montenegro (Crna Gora), and a
major language in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Serbo-Croatian is also used by minorities in other parts of Europe,
as well as in the Americas and Australia.
is primary written with Cyrillic script, but most Serbs can also read and write
it with Roman script, the latter of which is used for Bosnian and Croatian.
Serbo-Croatian is tonal. In most dialects, a stressed (emphasized) syllable can
carry one of
tones. With the exception of a few academic works and textbooks, these tones
orthographies. Unfortunately, some more recently published textbooks have no
tonal indications either; the learner is referred to accompanying sound recordings,
which is not sufficient for most adult learners.
Genealogy: Indo-European > Slavonic > Southern > Western