mutual intelligibility - Are any of the 'interslavic' constructed languages actually intelligible with any natural slavic languages?

Long ago, I thought about learning Slovianski (one of a family of auxlangs meant for speakers of Slavic languages), purely because I thought it may give me the ability to understand (to some extent) multiple Slavic languages. I never did so, though. Note that Slovianski has been merged with other 'interslavic' conlangs into a single conlang project. I think the new conlang is just called 'Interslavic'. Also note, if you do try to look up one of these conlangs, most of the sites are being made by the guy who made Slovio, who constantly makes web...Read more

When were ъ and ь first distinguished in Slavic?

Some background info. These two symbols don't have a reading on their own, but rather affect the sound that appears right before them. In modern Russian they are:ъ, which is the hard sign.ь, which is instead the soft sign.The distinction covers front-vowels and back-vowels (just like in most Fenno-Ugric languages). It also gave a consonant shift (just like in some Fenno-Ugric languages). Some languages spoken at the Slavic language area are Fenno-Ugric.Can this be a result of Fenno-Ugric influence?...Read more