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  • a South-Slavic language.

  • used primarily in Serbia and by Serbian minorities elsewhere.

  • uses primarily Cyrillic, but also the Latin alphabet as well.

  • At the end of the 14th century, Serbia was conquered by the Ottoman Empire and for the next 400 years there was no possibility for creation of secular written literature. However, some of greatest literary works in Serbian come from this time in form of oral literature, its most notable form being Serbian epic poetry.

  • In early 19th century Vuk Stefanović Karadžić, following the work of Sava Mrkalj, reformed the cyrillic alphabet by introducing the phonetic principle, as well as promoted the spoken language of the people into literary norm.

  • The two Serbian words that are used in many world languages are vampire and slivovitz.




     

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