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|Native to||Serbia and neighboring regions|
|Native speakers||12 million (date missing)|
Cyrillic (Serbian alphabet)|
Latin (Gaj's alphabet)
|Official language in||Serbia|
|Recognised minority language in||
|Regulated by||Board for Standardization of the Serbian Language|
|Linguasphere||part of 53-AAA-g|
Countries where Serbian is an official language. Countries where it is recognized as a minority language.
Serbian is South Slavic language spoken by Serbs, primarily in Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and some parts of neighboring countries. It is also spoken by a large number of Serbs in diaspora, mainly in Central European countries, North America and Australia. The language is European and south slavic. This language got a complete makeover in the mid-1800s by Serbian linguist Vuk Karadžić; when it was modernized from the times of Middle Ages, when "Old Serbian" was still spoken. Total number of speakers worldwide today is estimated to be more than 12 million.
- Including, as of 2006, 6.62 million in Serbia sans Kosovo (88% of the population), 1.49 million in Bosnia (37.1%), 400,000 in Montenegro (60%), 133,000 in Kosovo, 45,000 in Croatia, and 36,000 in Macedonia. Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed.
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