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Project code: 6-03-061

Dialectological Description of the Island of the Bay of Quarner

Main researcher: LUKEŽIĆ, IVA (88825)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 01/01/91. to 12/31/93.

Papers on project (total): 23
Institution name: Pedagoški fakultet, Rijeka (9)
Department/Institute: Department of Phylology
Address: Omladinska 14
City: 51000 - Rijeka, Croatia

Summary: On the Islands of the Bay of Quarner, which include Krk, Cres, Lošinj, Susak, Unije, Male Srakane, Ilovik, Rab and Pag, there are still in existence 120 settlements (villages) whose inhabitants speak Chakavian idioms, but in the last hundred years only 12 of the local speeches have been (more) throughly researched, representing only 12% of the speeches actually in existence. These Chakavian speeches are of exceptional value for the Slavic Linguistic, particularly so for the language and the entire culture of the Croatian people. Today, these speeches are endangered, either because of the gradual dissapearance of the islands' population, because of the influence of the prestigious Standard Literary Language, or because of the reciprocal influences and interferences. This research project would encompass dialectological listings and descriptions of each of the individual local speeches on the Bay of Quarner Islands, on the basis of the existing literature on the subject and on the basis of the directed field research, with the help of the specially formulated field questionnaires. Collected linguistic material would serve for the interpretation of these speeches, even on the higher levels of the speech groups, sub-dialects and dialects.

Keywords: Croatistics, dialectology, Chakavian speeches, local (village) speeches

Research goals: The objective of the research is a through and organized dialectological processing of the living speeches of the Bay of Quarner Islands. The research is conceived in two levels: a) concrete level of the individual local speeches, and b) abstract level of the sub-dialects and dialects. Each of the existing 120 settlements (vilages) of the Bay of Quarner Islands represents specific dialectological point, for which sound recordings of the discourse of the original (native) speakers need to be collected, phonological and phonetic(al) transcriptions made, and on the basis of the excerpts from the existing literature created and inventory with the description of the basic linguistic characteristics. These individual inventories (listings) and descriptions would serve as a basis for the composition of the synthetical papers, which would be accompanied by the representation of the speech typologies and differential pictures, meaning linguistic groups. The research should also produce more precise dialectological maps.

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