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JEKAVIAN COMPONENETS IN ILIJA ABJANIĆ´S RESEARCH

Ante Selak ; Učiteljski fakultet, Sveučilište u Zagrebu


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Abstract

The paper analyses the key components of Abjanić’s linguistic research in the
context of the prevailing linguistic and other circumstances of his time. Ilija Abjanić
(1868-1946) did not accept the changes introducet by Croatian phoneticians. On the
contrary, he saw in them a direct danger for the Croatian language, the Croatian
culture and the Croatian nation. Whereas Karadžić’s followers promoted the linguistic
merging of Croatian and Serbian as a prerequisite of the Yugoslav cultural and political
integralism, Abjanić understood it as Great-Serbian imperialism which would distroy
the Croatian national entity. He opposed to it in the best possible way he knew: by
introducing innovations ain the alphabet, by reconstructing the system of accents and by
reaffirming the Croatian literary and linguistic heritage which best reflects the spirit of
the Croatian language.
Besides opposing to Karadžić’s ideas, Abjanić spent decades on creating the
Croatian medical terminology. As a consequence of his rejection of Karadžić’s norms
his work was totally ignored and never published.

Keywords

ortography; orthoepy; etymology; purism; Croatisms; jekavian idiom; prosody

Hrčak ID:

26955

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/26955

Publication date:

14.5.2007.

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