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German words (and corrupted forms) also became inter-mingled into everyday use, influenced by the direct Hapsburg rule until the end of WW1 e.g.

East towards Plitvice, the first village is Vrhovine (mixed but mainly a Serb village), which is probably the highest above sea level in the immediate area (700m above sea level compared to Zalužnica's 500 m, only 10–15 minutes drive down the road). While there are a few households off the beaten track like Dugi Dol, there are no other settlements because to the immediate south, south-east and north east are mountain peaks.

Zalužnica sits on the eastern slope of the Gacka valley; in the eastern part of the village by the main road is a limestone cavern and underground river, which, until the early 1950s, was a main drinking water supply for the village (later a number of common wells were dug around the village that tap into the same underground water supply).

There is also some latin based influence, which could originate from close by Venetian territories on the coast or from true vlachs e.g. The rural upland setting naturally stamped its own influences.

The village is located around the main road running from Plitvice Lakes National Park to the east that leads to a crossroads at Čovići; turning northwest the road leads to Otočac and from there onto the coast to Senj, while turning south leads to Gospić.

Otočac was a mixed market town of Croats (majority) and Serbs (and on the outskirts of town a settlement of Roma).

North of the main road is a country lane where Zalužnica merges with Doljani and beyond that Škare and Podum (all Serb villages).

The village was probably established in the 17th century by peoples migrating from the Ottoman Empire in a territory then under the control of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. During both the late 16th and 17th centuries the Ottomans had major offensives northwards.

Many people fled ahead of them who were predominantly of the Christian Orthodox faith.

As many of the households of the same family name were not related (in living memory) the practice of giving nicknames, called 'špicnamen' (German origin) to differentiate themselves, was widespread. Given the relative isolation, mixed origins, neighbouring Croats who spoke a different dialect (and accent) and the influence of the ruling Austro-Hungarian state, the language used by people in Zalužnica and other nearby Serb villages developed its own character.

From an academic perspective the people spoke the Štokavian dialect and over-time mixed Ijekavian and Ekavian variants in every day language, which again reflects their origin e.g.

Farming in Zalužnica was a matter of self-subsistence made difficult by the limestone geology and mountainous terrain.