Title: A Short Reference Grammar of Slovene
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Slavic Linguistics 30
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Author: Marc L. Greenberg
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895869655 Pages: 160 Price: Europe EURO 92.00
Slovene (or Slovenian) is the language of ca. 2 million speakers in the Republic of Slovenia and neighboring areas of Italy, Austria, and Hungary, as well as of diaspora speakers in Australia and North and South America. Until 1990 it was one of the federal and republican languages of Yugoslavia and since Slovenia's accession to the European Union in 2004 one of the official languages of the E.U. The westernmost language of the South Slavic group, Slovene is noted for its pitch-accent system, opposition of singular-plural-dual, distinction of infinitival and supine forms, as well as its remarkable diatopic variation (some 48 dialects). The present grammar sketches the main grammar points of the standard language, with an emphasis on contemporary usage in speech and writing and an attempt to provide exemplification with rich context.
Some attention is given to social and stylistic variation, including a sketch of the main phonological discrepancies between the spoken language of Ljubljana (the national capital), and the standard language, which is based on an idealized form of Ljubljana city speech from the 16th century and a selection of features from various dialects in the territory of the Republic. It goes beyond other grammars also in its exemplification and analysis of discourse markers as used both in contemporary writing and formal speech, primarily as attested in transcripts of parliamentary debate.
Preface and acknowledgments
1 Abbreviations and symbols used 1. Abbreviations 1.2 Symbols
2 Basic data 2. Historical Sketch 2.2 Relation of Slovene to other languages 2.3 Dialects 2.4 The standard language and its relation to spoken language