Tombs, Epitaphs – Readings. Language Landscape of Temesvár-Józsefváros Cemetery Cover Image

Sírok, sírfeliratok – olvasatok. A temesvár-józsefvárosi temető nyelvi tájképe
Tombs, Epitaphs – Readings. Language Landscape of Temesvár-Józsefváros Cemetery

Author(s): Barna Bodó
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Scientia
Summary/Abstract: Timişoara-Iosefin Cemetery is a public cemetery. There is an acute lack of space, the city has not opened a new cemetery for half a century. The tombs offered by the municipality before 1945 to dignitaries are not protected. Whoever does not pay the cemetery fee, loses the grave. Although the cemetery has been in use for about 150 years, nearly half of the graves have new owners, and these changes have occurred predominantly over the last 40 years. So, we are witnessing the disappearance of the past that can be documented by the existence of graves. The research of minority graves, in particular the Hungarian ones, shows that Hungarian texts found on graves have many and sometimes serious grammatical mistakes. In the case of mixed marriages, there are bilingual inscriptions in only a few cases. The former feature of Timişoara, multilingualism, is on the verge of extinction. The piety to the former is lacking in most cases; those who were buried before the new owners are lost in the darkness of time.

  • Page Range: 149-174
  • Page Count: 26
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Hungarian