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Title: Brotherhood and Unity: Language and Language Politics in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1945-1991)
Authors: Leto, Maria Rita
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Maria Rita Leto, "Brotherhood and Unity: Language and Language Politics in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1945-1991)" in: "Words of Power, the Power of Words. The Twentieth-Century Communist Discourse in International Perspective", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2019, pp. 279-291
Journal: Studi di Storia
Abstract: 
A constant reminder of unresolved national problems, the issue of the Serbo-Croatian
language and of the creation of a standard language presented itself in various forms in both the first Yugoslavia, a centralized and monarchic country, and the second one,
a socialist and federal country. In the effort to produce a viable standard language,
the Central Committee of the Communist League had to officially address this issue
on several occasions, making decisions that more than once turned out to be contradictory
and harbingers of further complications. This essay investigates the linguistic
policies adopted in Tito’s Yugoslavia from its constitutive act (Jajce 1943) to 1991,
year of Yugoslavia’ s breakup. While the socialist state in many ways followed a leading-
edge policy with regard to the linguistic minorities, the issue of a federal language
itself and of its variants, by contrast, remained an open question, revelatory of the
difficulties to strike a precarious and ultimately impossible balance between unitarism
and separatism. The failure to agree upon a name identifying a shared federal language
bespeaks of the disintegrating tendencies that in the following years would eventually
make Yugoslavia collapse.
Type: Book Chapter
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/29375
ISBN: 978-88-5511-086-0
eISBN: 978-88-5511-087-7
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
Appears in Collections:06 Words of Power, the Power of Words. The Twentieth-Century Communist Discourse in International Perspective

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