Episode 8: Dina Stanković, part 1, on Serbian and Slavic Languages

On this week’s episode, we are excited to introduce a budding young linguist who studies — and podcasts on! — Slavic languages. Miss Dina Stanković gives us an introduction to Slavic languages in general, and then we discuss Serbian, her heart language, in particular. Enjoy!

WORDS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • examples: rain – slo. dež, rus. дождь (dožd’), srb. kiša
  • lawyer: srb. advokat, tur. avukat
  • special sounds in Serbian: š, č, ć, ž, đ, dž
  • assimilation: srb. potpis, slo. podpis

TOPICS DISCUSSED:

  • use of multiple scripts in Serbian
  • Turkish and Arabic influence on Serbian
  • word borrowings in particular semantic domains
  • linguistic reclamation
  • discussion of the term “Serbo-Croatian”
  • the phonetics and phonology (i.e. the “sounds”) of Serbian
    • dialectal differences
    • one-to-one correspondence grapheme-to-sound
    • assimilation of voiced and unvoiced consonants
    • allophones accounted for in the orthography
  • the role of “ordinary” people in the standardization of Serbian

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