Serbian language
српски језик / srpski jezik
Native toSerbia, post-Yugoslav states and Serbian diaspora
Native speakers
c. 12 million (2009)[1]
Serbian Cyrillic
Serbian Latin
Yugoslav Braille
Official status
Official language in

 Bosnia and Herzegovina (co-official)

 Montenegro[2] ("in official use")
Recognised minority
language in

 Bosnia and Herzegovina (co-official)

 Montenegro[2] ("in official use")
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated byBoa

 Czech Republic[5][6]
 North Macedonia[7]

Regulated byBoard for Standardization of the Serbian Language
Language codes
ISO 639-1sr
српски / srpski, pronounced [sr̩̂pskiː]) is the standardized variety of the Serbo-Croatian language mainly used by Serbs.[9][10][11] It is the official and national language of Serbia, one of the three official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina and co-official in Montenegro, where it is spoken by the relative majority of the population.[12] It is a recognized minority language in Croatia, North Macedonia, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

Standard Serbian is based on the most widespread dialect of Serbo-Croatian, Shtokavian (more specifically on the dialects of Šumadija-Vojvodina and Eastern Herzegovina[13]), which is also the basis of standard Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin varieties[14] and therefore the Declaration on the Common Language of Croats, Bosniaks, Serbs and Montenegrins was issued in 2017.[15][16] The other dialect spoken by Serbs is Torlakian in southeastern Serbia, which is transitional to Macedonian and Bulgarian.

Serbian is practically the only European standard language whose speakers are fully functionally digraphic,[17] using both Cyrillic and Latin alphabets. The Serbian Cyrillic alphabet was devised in 1814 by Serbian linguist Vuk Karadžić, who created it based on phonemic principles. The Latin alphabet used for Serbian (latinica) was designed by the Croatian linguist Ljudevit Gaj in the 1830s based on the Czech system with a one-to-one grapheme-phoneme correlation between the Cyrillic and Latin orthographies, resulting in a parallel system.[18]