Milos Rancic millosh at
Sat Jun 12 04:40:52 CEST 2010

On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 16:13, Doug Ewell <doug at> wrote:
> Region subtags in BCP 47 identify the language variation typically
> identified with that country or region, not the country in which the speaker
> happens to be physically located.  A person who speaks the Serbian-standard
> dialect is speaking "sr-RS" regardless of whether he or she lives in Serbia,
> Montenegro, or Bhutan.

In relation to the written language, there are no national differences
between variants of Serbian language. Differences are just according
the lines of pronunciation of old vowel "jat". In Serbia, Ekavian is
dominant, while Iyekavian is acceptable (so, yes, while it is not so
often, you can find Iyekavian in newspapers in Serbia and no authority
would reject a document written in Iyekavian). In Bosnia and
Montenegro just Iyekavian is acceptable. In both cases, Board for
Standardization of the Serbian Language is the body which is in charge
for standardization.

In other words, if it is so, then sr-BA and sr-ME, as well as hr-BA
and hr-ME, don't exist.

At the *spoken* level, there are dialect differences, but written
language is always the same. Besides that, there are no spoken
differences between Serbian and Montenegrin in, let's say, Podgorica.

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