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LANGUAGE, BORDERS, IDENTITY
LANGUAGE, BORDERS, IDENTITY

Author(s): Simona Gruevska Madžoska
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Editura Alma Mater
Keywords: Macedonian language; borders; identity; status; dialect

Summary/Abstract: In 1913, the region known as Macedonia was divided in three parts between the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, Bulgaria and Greece. The current situation is as follows: the official language in the Republic of Macedonia is Macedonian, but in certain regions in which the majority population is Albanian, the Macedonian language loses its primacy; in Bulgaria, the Macedonian language is considered only as a dialect of the Bulgarian language and in Greece it is not even recognized as Macedonian, but as a form of a Slavic dialect and it has been the cause of reprisals in the past 100 years. Therefore, the status of the Macedonian language in the Republic of Macedonia, the status of Macedonian as a dialect in Bulgaria and the absence of any status at all in Greece, as well as the problem of identity in certain parts, form an increasingly complex situation.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 11/1
  • Page Range: 217-224
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English