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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:41 AM

 

Are Croats a slavic people?

I dont think im incorrect in thinking their language is Romance based. I know they use the Latin alphabet. However when I hear them speak they have, at least to my ear, a strong Slavic accent and it seems their English grammar is structured the same as other south Slavs I have met. Are they considered to be Slavic? Were their linguistics influenced by the Slavic tongue? Or am I way off?

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Reply Are Croats a slavic people? (Original post)
Firebirds01 Oct 2012 OP
Odin2005 Oct 2012 #1
darkangel218 Oct 2012 #2
Enrique Oct 2012 #3
Bucky Oct 2012 #4
Bucky Oct 2012 #5
Tuesday Afternoon Oct 2012 #7
Alleycat Oct 2012 #6
NoPasaran Oct 2012 #8
undeterred Oct 2012 #9
Kaleva Oct 2012 #10
Firebirds01 Oct 2012 #11
aint_no_life_nowhere Oct 2012 #12

Response to Firebirds01 (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:02 AM

1. They speak Serbo-Croatian, a slavic language.

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Response to Firebirds01 (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:09 AM

2. Theyre slavic.

I grew up close to Croatia.

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Response to Firebirds01 (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:07 PM

3. you might be thinking of Romanian

a kind of oddball Romance language.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:25 PM

4. Oddballs have the right to be Romantic too.

Mine certainly are.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:26 PM

5. For the record, the above may well be the *perfect* Lounge post.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:23 PM

7. I, for one, commend you for a post well done.

perfection. you haz posted it.

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Response to Firebirds01 (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:10 PM

6. My grandma spoke Slovak

She immigrated from Slovakia but back then it was Austria-Hungary. Not sure if it was the same thing you are referring to.

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Response to Firebirds01 (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:25 PM

8. A number of Slavic languages use the Latin alphabet

Among them are Polish, Czech, Slovak, and the Croatian half of Serbo-Croat. It seems to have a lot to do with which side of the Roman Catholic/Orthodox schism the language group on when they first started to write things down. Roman Catholics used the Latin alphabet, Orthodox the Cyrillic.

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Response to Firebirds01 (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:35 PM

9. from wikipedia

Slavic Europe is a region of Europe where Slavic languages are spoken. This area is situated in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and includes the nations of Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine . In the disputed territories of Transnistria and Kosovo, often claim by Slavophiles, the main languages in use daily by the inhabitants are Romanian and Albanian respectively.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavic_Europe

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Response to Firebirds01 (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:08 PM

10. This belongs in the "Are Croats a slavic people?" group and not in the Lounge.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #10)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:10 PM

11. There otta be one if there aint!

 

darnnit!


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Response to Firebirds01 (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:47 PM

12. I knew a judge who was of Croat background

This was many years ago when I was practicing workers' comp in California. I asked her about Croatians as I was curious about where they fitted in to Europe. To the best of my recollection, she said Croats spoke a Slavic tongue but were absolutely not Slavs and even resented the notion. She said they were closer to Germanics and were Goths as far as blood is concerned.

I believe Hitler hated Slavs and considered Croats part of the Reich, with Germanic origins, like Estonians (although I'm not suggesting Hitler's racial notions were valid or reality-based).

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