Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Abstract

It is with great pleasure that we publish this collection of scientific papers and contributions on Slavic languages and literature presented at the ICCEES Congress held in Stockholm (June 2010). The Congress has showcased that the different disciplines addressed in East European and Eurasian studies are continuously growing and enlarging their thematic and scientific horizons. The ICCEES 2010 Congress mainly focused on issues of Slavic and East European history, politics and economics. However, the interest in Slavic and East European literature and linguistic studies is also rising, as confirmed by the general program of the Congress, where several panels were dedicated to language, literature and cultural studies.

Slavic languages are also known as Slavonic languages spoken by the people residing in Eastern Europe.  The Slavic language is classified into 3 branches: West-Slavic branch, South Slavic branch and East Slavic branch. There are various transitional dialects which connect different languages.  The difference between the languages and dialects in grammar, vocabulary, and phonetics can cause misunderstandings in simple conversations.  Check out the directory to know more about the language. The major difficulty is faced in journalism language and technical usage.

In order to better follow the Slavic languages, listed below are few facts about them:

All the Slavic languages are originated from a single language- Proto-Slavic is the parent language. This language was spoken till 5th Century AD in all areas wherein now the Slavic languages are spoken.  However, there is no written record of this language. By 7th Century AD, the language began to get divided into various dialects which later on became the different Slavic languages.

Slavic languages share with each other more characteristics than any other language groups- Other than belonging to one language group and sharing one ancestor, these languages have many things in common with one another when compared to other language families.  These languages are more homogeneous and got more mutual intelligibility. It happens so as it was one Slavic language till the 10th century. Also, most of them have retained morphological characteristics of the parent language and this makes the grammar very much similar to each other. They got few nasal vowel sounds and got consonant clusters.

In Europe, it is the second largest language family and hence it makes more sense that around 315 million people speak the Slavic language.  Even though it got 3 branches, they cover the areas from Serbian to Russia.