South White Carniolan dialect

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The South White Carniolan dialect (južnobelokranjsko narečje,[1] južna belokranjščina[2]) is a Slovene dialect in the Lower Carniolan dialect group. It is spoken in southern White Carniola south of the line from Podzemelj to Črnomelj to Kanižarica. It includes the settlements of Dragatuš, Vinica, Bojanci, and Adlešiči.[3]

Phonological and morphological characteristics[edit]

The South White Carniolan dialect sometimes retains a pitch accent, the old acute and neoacute on short syllables are expressed as short vowels, newly accented short syllables are preserved, the reflex of nasal *ǫ is partially expressed as a characteristic u sound, the southeast White Carniolan subdialect (Slovene: privrški govor, in Fran Ramovš’ classification) has transitional features to Croatian, including partial retraction of the accent from final syllables.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smole, Vera. 1998. "Slovenska narečja." Enciklopedija Slovenije vol. 12, pp. 1–5. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, p. 2.
  2. ^ Logar, Tine. 1996. Dialektološke in jezikovnozgodovinske razprave. Ljubljana: SAZU, p. 203.
  3. ^ a b Toporišič, Jože. 1992. Enciklopedija slovenskega jezika. Ljubljana: Cankarjeva založba, p. 78.