Montenegrin (// MON-tə-NEE-grin; crnogorski / црногорски) is a normative variety of the Serbo-Croatian language mainly used by Montenegrins and is the official language of Montenegro. Montenegrin is based on the most widespread dialect of Serbo-Croatian, Shtokavian, more specifically on Eastern Herzegovinian, which is also the basis of Standard Croatian, Serbian, and Bosnian.
|crnogorski / црногорски|
|232,600[dubious ] (2019)|
|Cyrillic (Montenegrin alphabet)|
Latin (Montenegrin alphabet)
Official language in
|Regulated by||Board for Standardization of the Montenegrin Language|
|South Slavic languages and dialects|
Montenegro's language has historically and traditionally been called either Serbian, Montenegrin, or "Our language",. The idea of a standardized Montenegrin standard language separate from Serbian appeared in the 1990s during the breakup of Yugoslavia, through proponents of Montenegrin independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. Montenegrin became the official language of Montenegro with the ratification of a new constitution on 22 October 2007.