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On the History of Croatian Standardization

Nataša Bašić

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str. 12-24

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The article discusses the unsustainability of the thesis about the dissolution of a common standard language of the Croats, Serbs, Bosnians/Bosniaks and Montenegrins and the creation of four new ethnic languages, which has been promoted by the American Slavist
Robert D. Greenberg in his book Jezik i identitet na Balkanu (Language and Identity in the Balkans). Greenberg has proclaimed the abstract South-Slav dialectal system a language, and
holds the four standard languages – Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian/Bosniak, and Montenegrin – that have, through history, developed side by side in four different cultural environments
to be merely the doing of nationalist language planners. In the choice of literature and in his interpretation of materials Greenberg hasn’t shown scientific meticulousness, so that he has failed to be objective in his views of the standardization processes in the four new
European states: Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. Special attention is paid to the analysis of the failures in the presentation of the history of Croatian standardization.

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