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The Language Thing

What Is Thy Name? Or: The Language Thing Part VII

Perhaps the most striking thing about the language formerly known as Serbo-Croatian is not the regional and national differences that inevitably exist in polycentric languages. It is the fact that bickering has gotten to the point where the language actually has no name.

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Sometimes A Cigar Is Just A Cigar Or: The Language Thing Pt VI

Part VI in a series of observations und reflections on language issues in the language formerly known as Serbocroatian. This time on why it’s sometimes better no to think about it too much.

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The French Connection Or: The Language Thing Pt V

Part V of a series on observations on those minor linguistic differences in the language formerly known as Serbocroatian. And how a language is being inventend for political purposes.

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The Kitchen Debate Or: The Language Thing Pt IV

Part IV of a series on observations on those minor linguistic differences in the language formerly known as Serbocroatian. And this time a bit beyond – for it does concern something that’s among the most important things for people on the Balkans.

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Up In Smoke Or: The Language Thing Pt III

Part III of a series on observations on those minor linguistic differences in the language formerly known as Serbocroatian. Or, in this case, the usual lack thereof. And how a pack of smokes can tell us what’s going wrong with a country.

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Two Kinds of Coffee Or: The Language Thing, Pt II

Part II of a series of observations on those minor linguistic differences in the language formerly known as Serbocroatian. Or why ordering coffee can give you away. And why it doesn’t matter most of the time.

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The Language Thing

In those successor countries of Ex-YU whose language was formerly known as Serbocroatian, language has often become a means of setting people apart, marking the lines between ethnicites. While most of that primarily concerns bureaucracy and government affair, in Bosnia it is visible in everyday life. Part I of a series of observations.

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