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Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, a Grammar
With Sociolinguistic Commentary
Ronelle Alexander

These are the first comprehensive learning materials after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia and the emergence of three component languages, Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. The textbook and the grammar can be used separately or together, while the audio materials are designed to supplement the textbook. Each of the three items is sold separately.

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, a Grammar analyzes and clarifies the complex, dynamic language situation in the former Yugoslavia. Addressing squarely the issues connected with the splintering of Serbo-Croatian into component languages, this volume provides teachers and learners with practical solutions and highlights the differences among the languages as well as the communicative core that they all share. The first book to cover all three components of the post-Yugoslav linguistic environment, this reference manual features:

  • Thorough presentation of the grammar common to Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian, with explication of all the major differences
  • Examples from a broad range of spoken language and literature
  • New approaches to accent and clitic ordering, two of the most difficult points in BCS grammar
  • Order of grammar presentation in chapters 1–16 keyed to corresponding lessons in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, a Textbook
  • Sociolinguistic commentary explicating the cultural and political context within which Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian function and have been defined
  • Separate indexes of the grammar and sociolinguistic commentary, and of all words discussed in both.

Additional materials in the Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian series:
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, a Textbook
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Audio Supplement


Supplementary Materials

For more information, answer keys and related materials, see www.bcsgrammarandtextbook.org.


Ronelle Alexander is professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. She is author of the two-volume Intensive Bulgarian 1: A Textbook and Reference Grammar and Intensive Bulgarian 2: A Textbook and Reference Grammar.





“Well written and admirably organized, this work is a milestone in the study of Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. It is the first unified description of BCS since the break-up of former Yugoslavia and includes Professor Alexander’s vitally important sociolinguistic commentary.”
—Victor A. Friedman, University of Chicago



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Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, a Grammar

August 2006
464 pp.   8.5 x 11
5 maps

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ISBN 978-0-299-21194-3
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