Language policy in the Republic of Macedonia – between legislation and practice  Cover Image

Јазичната политика во Република Македонија – меѓу законската регулатива и прак- тиката
Language policy in the Republic of Macedonia – between legislation and practice

Author(s): Simona Gruevska Madžoska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Instytut Slawistyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: status; Macedonian language; Albanian language; official language; terms of legislation

Summary/Abstract: The question about the status of the Macedonian language manifests itself for the first time in the 19th century, but its resolution starts with the codification of the Macedonian lan¬guage after World War II. The Macedonian language is then declared as an official language in the Macedonian republic and equal amongst the other languages in SFR Yugoslavia. However, the official language in SFR Yugoslavia (the language of international communication, mili¬tary dealings, one of the core subjects in all elementary schools etc.) was the Serbo Croatian language. With the formation of an independent Republic of Macedonia, the Macedonian language became the only official language until the peace deal Ohrid Framework Agreement was signed, when the language of the largest ethnic minority – the Albanian language – gains the status of an official language. The issue of interest of this article is whether the Macedonian language has changed its status and to what extent, what are the terms of legislation for it and the real situation in which it is found in the Republic of Macedonia.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 223-234
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Macedonian