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Re: Debian in Yugoslavia

On Sun, Sep 24, 2000 at 07:20:19PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> > > Until 1985, everyone agreed that this was a true statement.  Sometime
> > > between then and now, all the interested parties have decided that
> > > they are separate languages.
> > 
> > And "everyone" and "all interested parties" is made up of politicians. :)
> No, "everyone" meant linguists the world round and the common poeple
> of both places, and politicians, and so forth.
> The "interested parties" include not just politicians, who would be
> unable to inflame wars, were it not for the people who support them.

Not everyone accepted Serbo-Croatian. Even when the language was being made,
back in 1850, the idea of a joint language had strong opposition. It was
declared official only after the WWII, and then there were two forms of it,
the Croatian one and the Serbian one, because they couldn't agree on a
really united single form. It was all a big compromise: in Croatian
institutions you would speak Croato-Serbian, which is what we call Croatian
today (mostly), and in in Serbia Serbo-Croatian was used, which is now
Serbian (not quite sure to what extent).

In 1967, some of the most important Croatian intellectuals signed a
declaration, denying the validity of Serbo-Croatian as a historical language
(and instead promoting Croatian as a distinct language). But that idea was
shot down by the government, along with arresting most of the people who
supported it (they also wanted independence).

The people here started speaking similarly to the way Serbians speak only
after years and years of practicing, mostly forced.

Anyway, everyone is ignoring this thread now :)

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