Milos Rancic millosh at
Thu Jun 10 22:29:16 CEST 2010

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From: Milos Rancic <millosh at>
Date: Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 22:05
Subject: Re: Montenegrin
To: Mark Davis ☕ <mark at>

On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 21:01, Mark Davis ☕ <mark at> wrote:
> Option 1: Montenegrin continues to be represented by sr-ME.

This option is not good as there are speakers of standard Serbian
language in Montenegro. So, sr-ME should mean "Serbian spoken in
Montenegro" as sr-Ba means "Serbian spoken in Bosnia and Herzegovina".
Besides national level standardization (for example, Montenegro may
decide to standardize keyboard layouts for all standard languages
spoken in Montenegro, including Serbian), standard Serbian spoken in
Montenegro and Bosnia is Iyekavian variant, unlike standard Serbian
spoken in Serbia, which is Ekavian variant. While Serbia doesn't
define which variant is official, Republika Srpska (Serbian part of
Bosnia and Herzegovina) defines that the standard variant is Iyekavian
(as well as Montenegro did until it switched to official support of
Montenegrin, instead of Iyekavian Serbian).

It should be also mentioned that [written] standard Serbian has two
different paradigms which are not implemented in any standard:
* Is it Ekavian or Iyekavian
* Is it written in Cyrillic or Latin.

If we add there countries, there will be three paradigms:
* sr-Ek-Cyrl-RS
* sr-Ek-Latn-RS
* sr-Ijek-Cyrl-RS (possible variant)
* sr-Ijek-Latn-RS (possible variant)
* sr-Ijek-Cyrl-BA (as Ekavian is not possible, can be cut to sr-Cyrl-BA)
* sr-Ijek-Latn-BA (as Ekavian is not possible, can be cut to sr-Latn-BA)
* sr-Ijek-Cyrl-ME (as Ekavian is not possible, can be cut to sr-Cyrl-ME)
* sr-Ijek-Latn-ME  (as Ekavian is not possible, can be cut to sr-Latn-ME)

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