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Croatian Language in the Light of Croatian Martyrdom Anniversaries
The article examines the Croatian language in the light of Croatian martyrdom anniversaries.
The deaths of Zrinski and Frankopan disrupted the development of a mixed
(hybrid) type of Croatian literary language, and prior to all other Croatian martyrdom
anniversaries there was a period of linguistic unitarianism and suppression of Croatian
language characteristics. This suppression was disguised under the name Serbo-Croatian
used for the Croatian language as an expression of Serbocentrism that was frequently used
as a synonym for Yugocentrism. All these anniversaries were preceded by a short period
of striving for the specific characteristics of the Croatian language and by efforts for its
unhindered development and equal position in a multinational state. These aspirations
continue in all the events the anniversaries of which we are celebrating. These were crucial
years in the development of the Croatian language, especially of the Croatian language of
law. This development was marked by linguistic purism, by deserbization in the Croatian
state, and by resistance against linguistic unitarianism in the multinational federal state.
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