Croatian

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A language of Croatia

Alternate Names
Hrvatski
Population

3,980,000 in Croatia (2001 census). Population total all countries: 5,533,890.

Location

Also in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, United States.

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (1990, Constitution, Article 12.1).

Dialects

Chakavski, Kaykavski, Shtokavski (Ijekavski). Shtokavski is official dialect, but others recognized as valid, with much literature. Chakavski in western and northern Croatia, Dalmatian coast, and Adriatic Islands; Kaykavski in northeastern Croatia and Zagreb; dialects in other countries, like Burgenland Croatian in Austria, less intelligible.

Typology

SVO

Language Use

Also use English [eng] or German [deu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 90%. Fully developed. Bible: 1804–1968.
Writing
Braille script. Latin script, primary usage.
Other Comments

Formerly considered part of the Serbo-Croat language. Christian.

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