Pavle Ivic


Professor Pavle Ivić (1 December 1924 - 19 September 1999) was a leading South Slavic
South Slavic languages
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 and general dialectologist
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 and phonologist
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. Both his field work and his synthesizing studies were extensive and authoritative. A few of his best-known publications are:
  • Die serbokroatischen Dialekte, ihre Struktur und Entwicklung, Gravenhage, Mouton, 1958
  • Srpski narod i njegov jezik (The Serbian People and Their Language). Belgrade, 1971;
  • Word and sentence prosody in Serbocroatian, by Ilse Lehiste and Pavle Ivić. Cambridge
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    , Mass.: MIT Press, 1986.

He edited many periodicals and scholarly series, and was an important figure in the All-Slavic Linguistic Atlas project. He was one of the most respected authorities on the standardization of the Serbian language
Serbian language
Serbian is a form of Serbo-Croatian, a South Slavic language, spoken by Serbs in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and neighbouring countries....

. He frequently lectured in the U.S.
United States
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 and other countries, and was an Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America
Linguistic Society of America
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A well-known intellectual and public figure in Yugoslavia
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 and member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
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, he took part in the polemics accompanying the breakdown of 1945-1991 Yugoslavia. He was as signatory of the 1986 Memorandum of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Memorandum of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
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He was survived by his wife, Prof. Milka Ivić, a Slavic syntactician
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