Slovene Hills dialect

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The Slovene Hills dialect (Slovene: goričansko narečje,[1] goričanščina[2]) is a Slovene dialect in the Pannonian dialect group. It is spoken in the Slovene Hills (Slovene: Slovenske gorice) between the Drava and Mura rivers east of a line from Maribor to Šentilj v Slovenskih Goricah and west of a line from Radenci to Gradišče.[3]

Phonological and morphological characteristics[edit]

The Slovene Hills dialect features different reflexes of long etymological o and jat based on former tonemic differences, newly accented e is open, and r > ar. Neuter nouns have undergone feminization or maculinization, and plural locative and instrumental endings are typically characterized by an a vowel (e.g., -ah instead of -ih).[3]


  1. ^ Smole, Vera. 1998. "Slovenska narečja." Enciklopedija Slovenije vol. 12, pp. 1–5. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, p. 2.
  2. ^ Zorko, Zinka. 1994. "Panonska narečja." Enciklopedija Slovenija, vol. 8, pp. 232–233. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, p. 232.
  3. ^ a b Toporišič, Jože. 1992. Enciklopedija slovenskega jezika. Ljubljana: Cankarjeva založba, p. 53.