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 Slavic languages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Slavic languages (also called Slavonic languages), a group of closely related languages of the Slavic peoples and a subgroup of Indo-European languages, have speakers in most of Eastern Europe, in much of the Balkans, in parts of Central Europe, and in the northern part of Asia.
The arrival of the Hungarians in Pannonia in the 9th century interposed non-Slavic speakers between South and West Slavs.
The largest geographical extent of Slavic population, which in the Middle Ages included the majority of the present-day German lands of Brandenburg and Pomerania, diminished in the course of the German Drang nach Osten.
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 Slavic languages
West Slavic, which includes Czech in the Czech Republic and Slovak in Slovakia, Upper and Lower Sorbian in Germany, and Lekhitic (Polish and related dialects, Kashubian, Polabian, Obodrits).
Slavic languages descend from a dialect of Proto-Slavic, their parent language, which developed from a language that was also the ancestor of Proto-Baltic, the parent of the Baltic languages.
(The first documented attempt at conquest of Baltic speakers by Slavic speakers was recorded in the year 997 AD by Adalbert of Prague.) Similarities in grammar and vocabulary are explained by this group of linguists as a result of this Slav migration into the Baltic speaking areas and the subsequent proximity of the two groups.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/slavic_languages   (1048 words)

 Slavic languages. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Grammatically the Slavic languages, with the exception of Bulgarian and Macedonian, have a highly developed inflection of the noun, with up to seven cases (nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, locative, instrumental, and vocative).
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.
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 The Rusalki: Slavic Nature Nymphs
He notes that: "The Slavic peoples had a particularly rich Otherworld traditionåso rich, in fact, that it is often difficult to say where the realm of the nature spirits ends and the realm of the gods (and goddesses) begins" (142).
Slavic people also fear the fact that the Rusalki's favorable influence on the weather can be gone in an angry flash, bringing "fatal storms, dangerous rains, and heavy hail" (Máchel 255).
The second common aspect of this Slavic celebration is the honoring of the dead with a festival known as Semik that begins on the Thursday.
www.mythicarts.com /writing/Rusalki.htm   (3289 words)

 East Slavic languages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Current East Slavic languages are Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Rusyn (a small language spoken in Eastern Slovakia, South Eastern Poland, Eastern Hungary and South Western Ukraine and regarded by many as a Ukrainian dialect).
When the common Old East Slavic language became separated from the ancient Slavic tongue common to all Slavs is difficult to ascertain (6th–11th century).
The first divergence among the Old East Slavic texts is evident during the 12th century, during the era of Kievan Rus', i.e.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/East_Slavic_languages   (614 words)

 Slavic Languages
Slavic languages is a subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages.
The Slavic group of languages seems to be closer to the Baltic group than to any other, that si why some scholars combine the two in a Balto-Slavic subfamily of the Indo-European languages.
All Slavic tongues are believed to have evolved from a single parent language, usually called Proto-Slavic, which, in turn, is thought to have split off much earlier (possibly c.2000 B.C.) from Proto-Indo-European, the original ancestor of the members of the Indo-European language family.
www.slavism.com /slavic   (815 words)

 2000-2001 Program Requirements - Slavic Languages & Literatures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Slavic 201, Russian 204, 212A, 220A are required of all M.A. students.
Applicants who do not have an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA must provide three letters of recommendation from persons capable of judging their academic potential and submit a writing sample in the field they wish to pursue.
Usually one of the written examinations is on the structure of modern Russian and the other on comparative Slavic linguistics, the history of Russian, and the history and structure of a second Slavic language.
www.gdnet.ucla.edu /gasaa/pgmrq0001/slavic.htm   (1976 words)

 MSN Encarta - Slovakia
The government has ratified international environmental agreements on air pollution, the Antarctic treaty, biodiversity, climate change, endangered species, environmental modification, hazardous wastes, law of the sea, nuclear test ban, ozone layer protection, ship pollution, and wetlands.
Slovaks, a Slavic people, constitute about 85 per cent of the population in Slovakia.
Absorbed by the Magyars of Hungary at the beginning of the 10th century, the Slovaks spent the following thousand years as a peasant people, a situation which bred historic tensions with the neighbouring Czechs, who usually formed the local social and political elites.
uk.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761554274_2/Slovakia.html   (475 words)

 [Projekat Rastko] Kodovi slovenskih kultura
Slavic folk concepts of soul and its transformation from the body into the other hypostases, confirm the interrelationship and logical connection of these, essentially not opposed symbolic meanings.
Areal diffusion of the function and semantics of bean (or common bean) and pea on the Slavic territories proves continuity of the discussed meanings of bean (pea) in the South of the Slavic territory, and of common bean in it's North.
ANIMALS AND DEMONS IN SLAVIC LITERATURES OF The author analyzes the animal characteristics of demons in the folklore and literature of the Eastern and Southern Slavs of the 19th century.
www.rastko.org.yu /projekti/kodovi/kodovi_eng.html   (12973 words)

 Lekhitic languages --  Encyclopædia Britannica
West Slavic language belonging to the Lekhitic subgroup and closely related to Czech, Slovak, and the Sorbian languages of eastern Germany; it is spoken by the majority of the present population of Poland.
The Slavic language group is classified into three branches: the South Slavic branch, with two subgroups—Serbo-Croatian–Slovene and Bulgarian-Macedonian; the West Slavic branch, with three subgroups—Czech-Slovak, Sorbian, and Lekhitic (Polish and related tongues); and the East Slavic branch, comprising Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian.
The Slavic languages are a group of related languages within the Indo-European family.
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 December - The Indo European Language Family; Germanic, Slavic and Baltic Branches   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
West Slavic Languages - The West Slavic Languages are Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Sorbian
South Slavic Languages - The South Slavic Languages are Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian, and Slovene…
-Afrikaans is a West Germanic language spoken by 6,200,000 in South Africa and Namibia of whom 1,000,000 are native Afrikaans/English bilinguals...
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 Slavic Languages and Literature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Slavic and East European Journal 33.2 (Summer 1989): 157-216.
Slavic and East European Journal 43.1 (Spring 1999): 1-84.
Torun and New York: Nicholas Copernicus University, in association with the Department of Slavic Languages and the East Central European Center, Columbia University, 2001.
polyglot.lss.wisc.edu /slavic/faculty/filipub.htm   (1021 words)

 West Coast MCC - Slavic Mennonite Brethren
This Slavic community is the fastest growing group within the Mennonite Brethren church.
Paul Chernetsky, the newest member of the West Coast Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) board, knows firsthand the struggles Slavic Christians faced in the former Soviet Union and as newcomers to the United States.
Chernetsky hopes his time on the West Coast MCC board will be one of building bridges between the Slavic community and the larger work of the church.
www.mcc.org /westcoast/stories/Chernetsky_article.html   (349 words)

 Slavic Department Programs - Graduate Degrees Offered
The Graduate Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers instruction leading to two degrees: MA and Ph.D. Normally, students are admitted to our Department having completed a BA in a cognate discipline.
All Ph.D. candidates majoring in one of the Slavic languages and literatures must acquire a working knowledge of, or complete, by the end of their second year, at least two undergraduate courses in a Slavic language other than their major one and must satisfy departmental requirements in their major language.
Students majoring in Slavic linguistics must acquire reading knowledge of French or German, and, by the end of their second year, at least one Slavic language course from each of the three groups: West Slavic, East Slavic, and South Slavic.
www.utoronto.ca /slavic/programs/degrees.html   (1455 words)

The Western subgroup is composed of the Slovenian and Serbo-Croatian, languages spoken in Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, and adjacent regions.
It is believed that Proto-Balto-Slavic, this ancestral language, was spoken in the territories surrounding what is today known as Lithuania at some time after the Indo-European area had been separated into different dialect regions (ca.
There is also a planned language called Slovio that is based on and easily understandable to persons speaking at least one Slavic language.
www.websters-online-dictionary.org /definition/WEST+SLAVIC   (906 words)

 Encyclopedia: West Slavic languages
This article or section should be merged with List of West Slavic languages
The West Slavic languages is a subdivision of the Slavic language group (q.v.) that includes Czech, Polish, Slovak, and Sorbian.
Click for other authoritative sources for this topic (summarised at Factbites.com).
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/West-Slavic-languages   (95 words)

 Slavic Languages and Literatures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It is recommended that students fulfill their civilization studies requirement in general education with a sequence in Russian civilization; they are advised to choose electives from such related fields as general linguistics, history, philosophy, political science, and literature.
The program in West Slavic Studies aims to give students essential skills in written and spoken Czech or Polish, and a close acquaintance with Czech or Polish literature, culture, and history.
Students planning to do graduate work in Slavic or a related field are strongly advised to use some of their electives for studying Russian, German, or French language; or for studying Russian literature.
www2-college.uchicago.edu /catalog00-01/htm/slaviclanglit.shtml   (3137 words)

 MSN Encarta - Slovakia
Experts believe that half of Slovakia’s rivers are polluted to such an extent that they can no longer support aquatic life.
The Slovaks are descendants of a Slavic people who settled near the Danube between 400 and 500 ad.
Slovaks comprise about 86 percent of the country’s inhabitants; Hungarians, who constitute the largest minority group, comprise close to 11 percent; and Roma (Gypsies) represent less than 2 percent.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761554274_2/Slovakia.html   (510 words)

 West Slavic Languages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Polish is unique among Slavic languages in having preserved the Proto-Slavic nasal vowels.
It is a West Slavic language spoken in Germany.
Below are 5 common phrases in three West Slavic languages.
www.nvtc.gov /lotw/months/december/WestSlavicLanguages.html   (782 words)

 Slavic Linguistics
Many general Western sources will have materials pertinent to Slavic linguistics, so be sure not to overlook them as potential sources of information, but for the most part, this guide covers items either in a Slavic language or about Slavic linguistics in particular.
Sources about Slavic personal and geographic names are not included in the linguistics sections of this course (ook for these sources in a forthcoming section on geneology), but many of the bibliographies described here will present material of interest in the field of onomastics.
Within the sources themselves for all of Slavic linguistics, however, material is commonly arranged by branch as well as by language.
www.library.uiuc.edu /spx/class/SubjectResources/SubSourGen/lingslav.htm   (1041 words)

The Proto-Slovene territory reached as far west as the Tagliamento River, the Gulf of Trieste, Linz and the outskirts of Vienna to the north, and the southern end of Lake Balaton to the east.
Features of South Slavic provenience in the central dialect area of Slovak point to a time when Proto-Slovene was still contiguous with West Slavic.
The Slavic state of Carantania, centered around modern Klagenfurt, Austria, was established in the 7th century.
www.ku.edu /~slavic/slovene.htm   (2045 words)

 West Slavic Encyclopedia Article, Definition, History, Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
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The West Slavic languages is a subdivision of the Slavic language group that includes Czech, Polish, Slovak, and Sorbian.
www.karr.net /search/encyclopedia/West_Slavic   (213 words)

 Slavs of America, Origin of Slavs & A little Slavic History
We, Slavic Americans, are not well represented in local, state and federal offices in states with large Slavic population.
Although some progress has been made by some ethnic (Slavic) groups, we have the determination and the manpower to be politically equal.
The West Slavs, ancestors of the Poles, the Czechs, and the Slovaks.
slavs.freeservers.com   (811 words)

 Slavic Languages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
There are more than 300 million people for whom a Slavic language is their mother tongue.
Like the Romance and Germanic Languages, Slavic Languages comprise a branch of the Indo-European family of languages.
Specialists of Slavic in MLCS have strong research interests in historical languages such as Old Church Slavic, a descendant of Old Bulgarian, which in the Eastern Church (Orthodox and Uniate Catholic) played the same role as Latin did in the Western world.
www.humanities.ualberta.ca /MLCS/department/slavic.html   (291 words)

 Magic Tales That End Badly   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
As the Czech folklorist I. Polivka has mentioned, a version has emerged in those Slavic areas where the vampire bridegroom type is joined to the tale about a flower-girl just as occurs in Afanasiev's version.
The tale from Balashov's collection is close to Scandinavian and Baltic tales in which the bride is partly guilty herself.
In the index of East Slavic tales L. Barag has suggested that this was done without sufficient justification.(7) The story with the magic flute can be, of course, one of the links of a magic tale narrative leading to the concluding marriage of the resurrected girl with the tsar or with another noble bridegroom.
www.virginia.edu /~slavic/seefa/MAGTALES.HTM   (5175 words)

Designed to acquaint majors in Slavic linguistics with the details of the historical development of the phonological and morphological structure of the Ukrainian and Byelorussian literary languages.
Designed to acquaint majors in Slavic linguistics with the details of the historical development of the phonological and morphological structure of literary Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Upper and Lower Sorbian languages.
Designed to acquaint majors in Slavic linguistics with the details of the historical development of the phonological and morphological structure of the South Slavic languages.
www.washington.edu /students/crscat/slavic.html   (925 words)

 West Slavic languages -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
West Slavic languages -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article
(A family of Indo-European languages including the Slavic and Baltic languages) Balto-Slavic
(A branch of the Indo European family of language) Slavic languages
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/w/we/west_slavic_languages.htm   (168 words)

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