Soča dialect

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The Soča dialect (obsoško narečje[1]) is a Slovene dialect in the Littoral dialect group. It includes the subdialects of Borjana, Kobarid, and Bovec in the Upper Soča Valley.[2]

Geographical extension[edit]

The dialect is spoken in Slovenia, in the upper Soča Valley, between the border with Italy and the western foothills of the Julian Alps. It is spoken in the whole territory of the municipality of Bovec, in most of the municipality of Kobarid (except for the area around Breginj and Livek on the border with Italy, where the Torre Valley dialect is spoken), and in several villages in the western and southern parts of the Municipality of Tolmin.

Phonological and morphological characteristics[edit]

The Soča dialect has pitch accent, non-retracted accents (in comparison to Standard Slovene) on final syllables (e.g., ženȁ 'woman', vodȁ 'water'), except in the Bovec area, and the phonological development v > b,[2] known as betacizem in Slovene.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smole, Vera. 1998. "Slovenska narečja." Enciklopedija Slovenije vol. 12, pp. 1–5. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, p. 2.
  2. ^ a b Toporišič, Jože. 1992. Enciklopedija slovenskega jezika. Ljubljana: Cankarjeva založba, p. 155.
  3. ^ Greenberg, Marc L. 2002. Zgodovinsko glasoslovje slovenskega jezika. Transl. Marta Pirnat-Greenberg. Maribor: Aristej, pp. 151–152.