Debar dialect

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The Debar dialect on the map of the Macedonian dialects

The Debar dialect (Macedonian: Дебарски дијалект, Debarski dijalekt) is a member of the subgroup of the western and north-western dialects of the western group of dialects of the Macedonian language. The dialect is mainly spoken in the city of Debar and the surrounding areas in Macedonia. The Debar dialect is closed with the Reka dialect and the dialect of Galicnik. In the dialect are used a lot of archaic words.

Phonological characteristics[edit]

  • fixed accent
  • /d͡ʒ/ deaffricated and merged with /ʒ/
  • the Proto-Slavic has denazalized to [o] (*rǫka → рока)
  • use of o instead of the soft form (крв > корв)
  • absence of the intervocalic [v] in the plural forms of monosyllabic nouns (e.g. лебо(в)и, дождо(в)и, etc.)

Morphological characteristics[edit]