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Encyclopedia > South Slavic
This article or section should be merged with List of South Slavic languages

South Slavic languages is one of the three groups of Slavic languages (besides West and East Slavic). There are around 30 million speakers of these languages, mainly in the Balkans. The South Slavic languages are further subdivided into Eastern and Western groups.

Classification of South Slavic languages:

Indo-European languages
Slavic languages (ca. 317 million speakers)
South Slavic languages (ca. 30 million)
Eastern group:
Bulgarian (ca. 9 million)
Macedonian (ca. 2 million)
Old Church Slavonic (ancient language used in traditional liturgy and religious texts)
Western group:
Slovene (ca. 2 million)
Serbo-Croatian (ca. 17 million)
Bosnian (ca. 2 million)
Croatian (ca. 5 million)
Serbian (ca. 10 million)

  Results from FactBites:
Slavic languages. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05 (917 words)
The South Slavic tongues consist of Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Slovenian, and Macedonian, together with the liturgical language known as Church Slavonic.
The Slavic verb usually takes one of three simple tenses (past, present, and future), but it is further characterized by a complex feature called aspect, which can be either imperfective (showing continuous or repeated action) or perfective (denoting a completed action).
Members of the Slavic subfamily are more conservative and thus closer to Proto-Indo-European than languages in the Germanic and Romance groups, as is witnessed by their preservation of seven of the eight cases for the noun that Proto-Indo-European possessed and by their continuation of aspects for the verb.
C. Michael McAdams : Selected Works (8392 words)
Men and women of South Slavic descent who have been elected to high office in the United States were elected for many of the same reasons Irish, Italian, or fl candidates were elected: local political issues, personality, the drive to win, and, in the opinion of their opponents, sheer luck.
South Slavic politics in America is not an American institution born of a foreign seed, but rather a transplanted institution, ripe with the fruit of a thousand years’ history.
It was the South Slavs in exile or those who immigrated who would form the true "Yugoslav movement." Here we see the intense effort put forward by the South Slavic groups in America which marked the high point of their political activity, temporarily overcoming ethnic differences.
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