Romanian - Istro-Romanian - Šušnjevica

Name, Place and Date

  • Dialect: Romanian - Istro-Romanian - Šušnjevica
  • Linguistic Classification: Romanian - Istro-Romanian
  • Town: Šušnjevica / Valdarsa
  • Region: Istria
  • Country: Croatia
  • Latitude/Longitude: 45°10'00"N 14°08'00"E
  • Linguistic Date: late 19th / early 20th century


Puşcariu, Sextil (1926),
Studii istroromâne.Vol II.
Bucureşti: Cultura naţională.


  • Source

    Pușcariu (1926) remains the most comprehensive description of the Istro-Romanian verb, based on the testimony of his friend Luigi (Alois) Belulovici, a native of Šušnjevica.

  • Subjunctive

    We give a full set of forms for the present subjunctive even though in Istro-Romanian the relevant forms are always identical to those of the present indicative, with the sole exception of the reflex of ESSE/FIERI 'to be'.

  • Aspect

    We have not presented here an important distinctive characteristic of the Istro-Romanian verb, namely the fact that it possesses a fully fledged system of aspect distinctions (principally imperfective vs perfective) modelled on that of Croatian. For this see, in particular, Hurren (1968), Kovačec (1971:123-30). The distinction is sometimes marked by lexically suppletive forms, sometimes by addition of an affix to the imperfective as a way of forming the perfective, sometimes by membership of distinct conjugational classes.