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The Brijuni transcript - Linguistic, semantic and socio-semantic features, metaphorics of syntagms and terms – historical context

Mihovil Bogoslav Matković

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This work deals with the linguistic, stylistic and semantic analysis of the transcript of the meeting between the President of the Republic of Croatia, Franjo Tuđman (PhD), and military officials on the 31st of July 1995 on the Brijuni Islands. It gives a thorough explanation of the subject matter and the purpose of the meeting. The meeting on the Brijuni, and thereby the transcript of the conversation, was a fundamental piece of evidence used by the International Tribunal in The Hague for the sentencing of the Croatian generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač to long term imprisonment.
In addition to bringing the linguistic-stylistic and semantic analysis, this work also delivers an elaboration of the historical, political and widely spatial context of the events that determined the relations at the time of the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, its downfall and the birth of multiple countries in its area. Special reference is made to the status of the Republic of Croatia before and after its establishment, its international recognition and membership in the United Nations. A significant part of this paper focuses on the analysis of the rhetoric of the Croatian president, Doctor Franjo Tuđman, his status and role in the time succeeding the Second World War. Special attention is given to the analysis of his role as the key character and the most responsible person, as the author of the idea and the founder of the sovereign Republic of Croatia. In this light, his liability in initiating and leading the military operation Storm (Oluja), being the subject of the meeting on the Brijuni, is directly connected with the roles of his interlocutors, whose viewpoints and statements are mentioned in the transcript. This study aims to show and prove the inexistence of attributes and criminal intent in the enterprise headed by Doctor Franjo Tuđman, classified by the Hague Tribunal in their indictment.


Operation Storm, the Brijuni meeting, transcript, generals, joint criminal enterprise, (linguistic and political) rhetoric of President Franjo Tuđman

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