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This map shows the regions of the world where Serbo-Croatian is commonly spoken (red circle). Technically, Serbian and Croatian were two separate languages, but they were so similar as to be mutually understandable. When the Serbian nation and the Croats of Bosnia and Croatia were made into a single nation in the territory of Yugoslavia after World War I, the linguistic similarities increased to the point where they were indistinguishable. Given the recent bouts of "ethnic cleansing" (i.e., genocide) in parts of Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, and the surrounding regions in the last part of the 1990s, it remains to be seen what will happen to this linguistic fusion. Serbian and Croatian are in the South Slavic family of languages that descended from the Slavic sub-branch of the Balto-Slavic sub-branch of Indo-European. Serbo-Croatian is most closely related to Bulgarian and Slovenian.

Daniel M. Short originally created this map and the other Indo-European language charts for his website at http://www.danshort.com/. I reproduce these images here with the author's permission, but they are copyrighted by Daniel Short as of 2002. These charts should not be reproduced or reused without Mr. Short's approval. You may contact him at danshort@gte.net for more information. These images are not public domain.


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