Croatian/Main Contents/Level 2/Lesson 16

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Sibilarization is sound changing, when k, g and h in front of -i change to c, z, s (k,g,h->c,z,s/_i). You can find sibilarization in:

  • dative and locative singular of feminine nouns
  • nominative, vocative, dative, locative, instrumental plural of masculine nouns
  • imperative

Examples
ruci -> ruka + i = ruk i (k->c/_i) = ruci
nozi -> noga + i = nog i (g->z/_i) = nozi
snasi -> snaha + i = snah i (h->s/_i) = snasi
vojnici -> vojnik + i = vojnik i (k->c/_i) = vojnici
grijesima -> grijeh + ima = grijeh i ma (h->s/_i) = grijesima
reci (as verb) -> rek + i -> rek i (k->c/_i) = reci
reci (as noun) -> redak + i = redak i ("nepostojano a") = redk i (k->c/_i) = redci ("gubljenje suglasnika") = reci