Chakavian

Minji Kraljić — in Chakavian language.

Chakavian, Čakavian, Čakavski, Čakavica, Čakavština, Čokovski, or Čekavski is a South Slavic language spoken primarily by Croats along the Adriatic coast, in the historical regions of Dalmatia, Istria, Croatian Littoral, and Adriatic Croatia. Chakavian, like Kajkavian, is not spoken in Serbo-Croatian-speaking regions beyond Croatia.

Chakavian has limited mutual intelligibility with Shtokavian, the prestige dialect of Serbo-Croatian (Standard Croatian), and with Kajkavian. The dialect is fairly uniform, and there is full intelligibility between all of the normally postulated Chakavian dialects. All three Serbo-Croatian varieties are named after their most common word for “what?” — which in Chakavian is ča, ća or ca depending on the subdialect.

Chakavian was the basis for the first literary standard of the Croats. Today, it is spoken almost entirely within Croatia’s borders, apart from the Burgenland Croatian in Austria and Hungary and a few villages in southern Slovenia.