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Re: Debian in Yugoslavia

On Sun, 24 Sep 2000, Josip Rodin wrote:

> On Sun, Sep 24, 2000 at 11:25:15AM +0200, Radovan Garabik wrote:
> > It is true that Croatian and Bosnian governments are feeding the
> > respective languages (via newspapers, school textbooks etc) with
> > archaic words, dialect words and similar, in a stubborn attempt to
> > differenciate the languages as much as possible.
> But of course. What other national government wouldn't do that? :)
> > Of course, if you ask (any) Croat or Bosnian, s/he will vehemently deny
> > that there ever was anything like Serbo-Croatian,
> Vehement? Euhm, that definitely wasn't my feeling. Note that I'm a member of
> a younger generation, so I was lucky to escape most of political crap that
> went on here in this century :)
> > and argue that Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian are three really separate
> > languages, and give a lot of examples why they are separate.
> I think that the most important difference isn't in the linguistic
> characteristics of the language, it's in the rest of the story - history
> and culture, for the most part.

Right. Although you could be construed to have this backwards. ;) Language
is one of several interrelated linguistic components of a human community,
history and culture being two others.

But this is now completely off-topic to Debian. ;)

-- FB (speaking as a compsci->cogsci transfer)

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