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Croato-Serbian/Serbo-Croatian/BCMS (Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian)  

Due of the turbulent history of the Balkans, the area became a patchwork of dialectal and religious differences. Bosnians, Croats and Serbs were historically often part of different cultural circles with foreign overlords, that resulted in population migrations and the wide spread of Shtokavian dialect in the western Balkans. During that period, the Shtokavian dialect was referred to under a variety of names (e.g. "Slavic", "Serbian", "Croatian", "Bosnian", and "Illyrian") BEC

Disputes about the national status and historical origins of the Bunjevci - "Bunjevac Question". Disputes about the national status and historical origins of the Bunjevci go back to the nationalism wave in the 19th century in Austria-Hungary. The debate revived by the Breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Some Bunjevci in Hungary and Serbia, who are gathered around the Bunjevac National Council (Vojvodina/Serbia), claiming they are an autochthonous ethnic group (Bunjevac nation/tribe/people,, while most of the Bunjevci in the Bačka region identify themselves as a Croatian sub-ethnic group – an integral part of the Croatian national corpus (Izjava Predsjednistva HAZU o hrvatskoj etnickoj skupini Bunjevci), represented by the Croat National Council (Vojvodina/Serbia). The Croatian, Hungarian and Serbian authorities do not recognize a distinct Bunjevac/Bunjevci language/nationality. BEC 


Russian and Croatian vs. Serbian language

Differenca between Language and Dialect

Indo-European Language Connection 


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