Slovene Standard Language Between the Centre and the Periphery Cover Image
  • Price 17.00 €

Slovene Standard Language between the Centre and the Periphery
Slovene Standard Language Between the Centre and the Periphery

Author(s): Marko Jesenšek
Subject(s): Language studies, Geography, Regional studies, Modern Age, Recent History (1900 till today), Sociolinguistics, South Slavic Languages
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: central Slovene standard language; eastern Slovene standard language; Prekmurje standard language; unified Slovene standard language; linguistic centre and periphery;

Summary/Abstract: Until the mid-19th century, Slovenia had two distinct territorial fields of language use that coexisted in the central and eastern Slovene linguistic, administrative-political, and geographical areas: (1) central Slovene (the so-called kranjščina) and (2) eastern Slovene (the language of Prekmurje and eastern Štajerska). Their half-century long convergence, permeation and entwinement resulted in a formation of the unified norm of standard Slovene in the middle of the 19th century (the so-called new Slovene or unified standard Slovene). In the past, this double development of the Slovene standard language was incorrectly explained – instead of applying a double notion based on historical development (central Slovene standard language and eastern Slovene standard language), an inaccurate opposite emerged: standard language vs. standard language delusions. The attempt of a black and white portrayal of the linguistic circumstances in the development of Slovenian was to enact the linguistic equation central vs. peripheral = norm vs. particularism. Through this attempt, standard Slovene was equal to the central, correct and distinguished language with its opposite, the incorrect regional language of the Slovenian language periphery.

  • Issue Year: 55/2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 279-287
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English