Linguistic Nationalism and the Politics of ‘Dialects’ – The Case of Slovakia
Struggles over linguistic classification inevitably concern political stakes. Sociolinguists are theoretically aware that “language-dialect” disputes have political causes, though in practice find it difficult to tear themselves away from irrelevant linguistic facts. Even taxonomies of “dialects,” however, may have important political stakes. Slovak patriot Ľudovít Štúr twice used the politics of dialect classification to shape Slovak nationalism: once to justify the codification of a distinctively Slovak grammar and orthography, and separately to justify his particular
Alexander Maxwell, Senior Lecturer, School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington.
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