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Danichich

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DANICHICH, diee-chich, Dpro (Ser bian DJURO DANcecc(), Serbian philologist: b. Neusatz, 1825; d. 1882. Educated at Neusatz, Presburg and Buda-Pesth, he came to Vienna in 1845 where he met the famous Serbian scholar Vuk Stefanovich-Karadjich, and dedicated all his efforts to the study of Serbian and other Slavonic languages. In 1855 Danichich came to Belgrade to take the chair of Comparative Slavonic philology at the City College. He also became librarian of the Serbian National Library and member and secretary of the Ser bian Academy of Sciences. In 1865 he lost his chair in the Belgrade City College, through cer tain intrigue, but was immediately invited to Agram to take the secretaryship of the South Slav Academy of Sciences, which position he accepted. All his activity tended to prove the unity and the identity which naturally exists be tween the Serbians and the Croatians but which have been endangered by foreign and religious influences. While still a student he had written 'The War for Serbian Language and Orthog raphy.' The publication of that book strangely enough was prohibited in Vienna gfor higher political reasons,'" but it was published at Buda pesth and caused a sensation throughout the Slav world. His translation in modern Serbian

of the but the book was suppressed in Serbia by preju diced authorities. By his (Akcenti u glagola' in Verbs') he definitely established the existence of four main accents in the Ser bian idiom. His much more important works 'Serbian Grammar' (Vienna 1850; 8th ed., 1892); (History of the forms of the Serbian or Croatian Language to the End of the 18th Cen tury,' Concordance of old Serbian Literary Monuments' and his collection of material for a standard dictionary of the Serbo-Croatian language as also his monographs dealing with the ancient monuments of the Serbian tongue (Domentian's