Serbians

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Not to be confused with Serbs.
For other meanings, see Serbian.

Serbians (Serbian: Србијанци / Srbijanci) is a demonym for the inhabitants of Serbia, most oftenly for ethnic Serbs, though correctly used for people regardless of ethnicity.

In the Serbian language, Srbi (Serbian Cyrillic: Срби) is used for Serbs from Serbia, or in a narrow sense, Serbs from central Serbia.[1] The term thus excludes ethnic Serbs in the neighboring countries, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia. An English speaker might use the word "Serbians" to mean "Serbs". Further confusions issues as in English the word "Serbs" may be used to refer to ethnic Serbs, or to citizens of Serbia regardless of their ethnicity, and going from there, word "Serbians" could be used in the same way.[2][3]

In the 1852 Serbian Dictionary, the entry includes the following:

A folk song from central Serbia has in its refrain the words "..jelek, anterija i opanci, po tome se znaju Srbijanci...", meaning "...jelek, anterija, and opanaks – , is how you recognize a Srbijanac...". The song describes the Serbian dress of people from Central Serbia, and the term Srbijanci is used as a literary expression and its definition is uncertain.[citation needed]

The term Srbijanci is not part of the modern Serbian mainstream language as its frequency and usage is minimal.[citation needed] An explanation might be that many Serbs from Serbia would find the term insulting.[4][5][6]

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  1. ^ Miller, Nick (2008). The Nonconformists: Culture, Politics, and Nationalism in a Serbian Intellectual Circle, 1944-1991. Central European University Press. p. 148.
  2. ^ Uzelak, Gordona (1998). "Franjo Tudjman's Nationalist Ideology." East European Quarterly. 31.
  3. ^ Petrovich, Michael B. (1985). "Review of The National Question in Yugoslavia: Origins, History, Politics." Slavic Review. 4 (2), 369 – 370.
  4. ^ Nikola Živković. ""Vojvodina? Gde je to?"" (in Serbian). Nova srpska politička misao. Retrieved 2012-07-08. Ovim nije kraj naših podela. Pored reč «dođoši», postoji i pojam «prečani» i «Srbijanci». A kako se zovu Hrvati iz Bosne? Hrvatijanci? Ne, ta reč je naravno moja, veštačka, izmišljena. Ali, zašto ta pojava postoji samo kod Srba? Srbi i Srbijanci. Austrougarska je izmislila te podele, a mi Srbi smo ih prihvatili. U tome je problem. Mi prihvatamo jezik neprijatelja. Tuđe olako uzimamo, a odričemo se svoga. Tako smo olako odbacili i ćirilicu. 
  5. ^ Nikola Tanasić (2012-07-20). "O Srbima, Srbijancima i srbijančenju Srba" (in Serbian). Nova srpska politička misao. Retrieved 2012-07-08. O upotrebi pojma „Srbijanac“ [...] Međutim, unutar današnjih granica Srbije, „Srbijanci“ se uglavnom koriste na severu, kako bi se (uglavnom pežorativno i prezrivo) denotirali „gedžovani“, primitivci i sirotinja sa juga koja odudara od „zapadnoevropskih“ manira, običaja i „kulture“ tzv. „Vojvođana“. Očigledno je da ova upotreba, međutim, nastaje kasnije i nema veze sa onim „Srbijancima“ o kojima svedoče Vuk Karadžić i Branko Radičević. 
  6. ^ http://www.standard.rs/zoran-cirjakovic-zasto-je-uvredljiva-rec-srbijanac.html%7C "Why is Srbijanac offensive word" in Serbian

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of Serbians at Wiktionary
  • Media related to Serbians at Wikimedia Commons