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Language and Identity in the BalkansSerbo-Croatian and Its Disintegration$
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Robert D. Greenberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208753

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208753.001.0001

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Montenegrin: A mountain out of a mole hill?

Montenegrin: A mountain out of a mole hill?

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Language and Identity in the Balkans

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This chapter analyses the complex language situation in Montenegro, focusing on the dialects and literary traditions, the debates surrounding the official language of Montenegro, and the characteristics of a separate Montenegrin language. The sociolinguistics of dialect geography and the literary traditions in Montenegro are described. The chapter also discusses the features of Montenegro's two factions, the neo-Vukovites and Nikcevic and his supporters. The merits of a proposed standard, including its new letters and new pronunciations and the expansion of ijekavian features, are shown. The future path of the Montenegrin language remains uncertain, and it is still unclear if and to what extent it will be accepted outside Montenegro's borders.

Keywords:   Montenegro, Montenegrin language, neo-Vukovites, standard language, ijekavian, pronunciations, dialects, official language, Nikcevic

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