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The Creation of Bosnian Language

Author(s): Atsushi Saito
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Slavic Research Center

Summary/Abstract: The first orthographical textbook of Bosnian was published in the autumn of 1996. Some minor changes were added to the linguistic elements of Serbo-Croatian in this textbook. Despite its publication, some questions about Bosnian remain unclear. One is whether Bosnian is to be considered a distinct language or it is no more than a new name of Serbo-Croatian. Another is why the new language name does not correspond to the new national name. In this paper I have tried to answer these questions by examining the linguistic, historical, and political background of Bosnian. The paper also reconsiders the role of language in ethnic identity because the case of Bosnian is a rare one: a nation based on religion has tried to create its own language later.

  • Issue Year: 2001
  • Issue No: 48
  • Page Range: 113-137
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Japanese