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New Insights into Slavic Linguistics


Jacek Witkos and Sylwester Jaworski

This volume presents a number of contributions to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society held in Szczecin, Poland, October 26–28. The largest number of articles address issues related to the (morpho)syntactic level of language structure, and several papers describe results of recent research into different aspects of Slavic linguistics as well. The current volume proves conclusively that Slavic linguists make a remarkable contribution to the development of various theoretical frameworks by analysing linguistic evidence from richly inflected languages, which allows them to test and modify contemporary theories and approaches based on other types of data.
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Condemned to Extinction: Molise Slavic 100 Years Ago and Now


Krzysztof E. Borowski

1. Introduction

On the brink of the 15th and 16th century, thousands of Slavic settlers decided to leave the Southwestern part of the Balkan Peninsula, and came across the Adriatic Sea to settle in Southern Italy. It is believed that the main reason why they left was because of their escape from the Ottoman Turks who – upon having won the Battle of Kosovo in 1389 – started to seize and subjugate bigger and bigger parts of the Balkans, quickly approaching the coast of Dalmatia. As a result, about 15 localities of Slavic origin were established in the regions of nowadays southern Italy. Since that time, most of them were a subject of gradual, consistent Italianization, and the number of Slavic colonies where the consciousness, traditions, and Slavic language was preserved diminished to three only: Acquaviva Collecroce [Kruč in Molise Slavic], San Felice del Molise [Filič], and Montemitro [Mundimitar]. It is known, however, that the following communities were once Slavic as well: Mafalda, Tavenna, Montelongo, San Giacomo degli Schiavoni [whose 2nd part refers directly to its Slavic origin], San Biase, Petacciato, Cerritello, Sant Angelo [known today as Sant’Angelo Limosano], Palata, Montenero di Bisaccia (Perinić 2006: 96).

In his preface to his 1911 work Serbokroatischen Kolonien Süditaliens1 [1910], Milan Rešetar stated that given the developments that took place in Italy since the mid-1800s which enabled a broad promotion of the Italian language and culture, it would probably take just a few decades...

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