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  •  Correct re Serbo-Croation (6+ / 0-)

    It is the same language, with slight idiomatic and accent differences, but uses different alphabets based on religion.  Croations are Roman Catholic and use the Latin alphabet, which makes for some of the same sorts of odd spellings as one finds in Polish. All those extra letters are necessary to compensate for the lack of phonetic correlation of the Latin alphabet with the sounds of the spoken Slavic language.  Serbians, who are mainly Orthodox Christians, use a modernized version of the alphabet devised by St. Cyril who with his brother Methodius were the original evangelists sent by the early Greek Church to convert the pagan Slavs. St. Cyril designed the Slavic alphabet to match the spoken language phonetically.

    There is no Bosnian language.  It is Serbo-Croation with minor accent differences that arise out of geographic location and idiomatic differences that arise out of religious affiliation.  It can't even be said to be a separate dialect. (Macedonian, on the other hand, is a separate dialect - one which the Macedonian government for political reasons insists is a separate language.)

    All three religio-political groups (they can't even be classified as separate ethnic groups) have borrowed extensively from the languages of their conquerors, and now from English.  In traveling through the region I was surprised just how many words were borrowed directly from German and English. Turkish words aren't found in the same abundance, but where they show up with regularity is in the names of foods.

    "Some folks rob you with a six-gun, some rob you with a fountain pen." - Woody Guthrie

    by Involuntary Exile on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 11:32:13 AM PDT

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