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In Croatia, the first two consonants in river names are often 'k' and 'r', respectively. How to estimate the probability of that happening by chance?

I'm not sure entropy is the right measure for this, particularly collision entropy. Instead I'd recommend a simple frequency analysis. First, come up with a criterion for what makes a word a "kr&...
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In Croatia, the first two consonants in river names are often 'k' and 'r', respectively. How to estimate the probability of that happening by chance?

The null hypothesis is that phoneme distribution in words is random. This is quickly falsified by the Syllable Structure Hypothesis, to the effect that in English (for example) syllables can start ...
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Are the Croatian word "struna" (string of a musical instrument) and the English word "string" related?

Both Slavic and Germanic have str- as the regular reflex of word-initial PIE *sr- (and also *str-, although this is rarer), so genuine cognates beginning with str- in Germanic will be expected to ...
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Are the Croatian word "radije" (rather) and English word "rather" related?

Probably not. "Rather" goes back to Old English hraĆ¾e "quick, soon, early" plus the comparative -er. I don't speak Croatian but it looks like your word comes from a root for "...
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When did other slavic nations adopt the Latin-inspired look of printed Cyrillic pioneered in Russia?

The adoption of Latin-type letterforms in regions using the Cyrillic script outside of the Russian Empire varied widely depending on the country and context. I will aim to provide a broad overview of ...
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