ERIC Number: ED045973
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Publication Date: 1970-Sep
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The Slavic Languages--Their External History. (Second Edition).
Bidwell, Charles E.
This work is intended to provide, in a brief and concise form, for students and other nonspecialists, information on the external history of the principal Slavic languages, i.e., the historical circumstances which affected their utilization in various communicative functions (e.g., as vernacular, official language, literary language, etc.). Introduction and modification of writing systems is considered part of the external history, as are foreign cultural influences which led to modification of the lexicon through borrowing, while the evolution of the linguistic structures themselves (in terms of their phonology, morphology, and syntax) is considered to constitute the internal history of the language and is therefore not treated here. Since the emphasis here is on those languages which have attained a standard form and currently serve a large number of speakers as a national language, such languages as Sorbian and Church Slavic are given only very brief treatment. (Author/FWB)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Diachronic Linguistics, Official Languages, Slavic Languages, Standard Spoken Usage, Written Language
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Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. University Center for International Studies.