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LINGUIST List 18.2882

Tue Oct 02 2007

Books: Linguistics & Literature/Historical Linguistics: Lifanov

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Genesis of the Slovak Literary Language: Lifanov


Message 1: Genesis of the Slovak Literary Language: Lifanov
Date: 01-Oct-2007
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Genesis of the Slovak Literary Language: Lifanov
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Title: Genesis of the Slovak Literary Language
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Slavic Linguistics 21
Published: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.eu

Author: Konstantin Vasilievich Lifanov
Paperback: ISBN: 3895864420 Pages: 220 Price: Europe EURO 82.00
Abstract:

Contrary to Slovak historical linguistics, the Slovak Literary Language did
not arise in the 18th century as a result of Anton Bernolak's codification
of the West Slovak dialect. It developed gradually, over a much longer
period of time from the Old Czech Literary Language, which was adopted by
the Slovaks as their own written medium as early as by the end of the 14th
century. As a result of its interaction with mainly the West Slovak
dialect, its specific Slovak version arose in the 15th century. By the
1630s, this written standard acquired the features of an original literary
language, separate from the literary language based on the Prague standard.

However, since the first decades of the 17th century, a further development
of this written standard was complicated by the Counter-Reformation. The
use of the literary language followed different paths among the Lutherans
and among the Catholics. The Old Slovak Literary Language attained a high
degree of development among the Catholics. Rich and varied spiritual
literature was written in this language, including a translation of the
Bible in 1750, high-quality secular baroque poetry, etc In the 1780s, this
standard was codified by Bernolak.

Diglossia emerged among the Lutherans. They used both the Czech Literary
Language and the Old Slovak Literary Language. However, they did not
perceive the latter one as a literary norm and considered it acceptable
only in the "low" kinds of literature - e.g. in popular poetry - and in
administrative and legal documents. This diglossia was not abolished until
the 1820s, which opened the way for Ludovit Stur's codification of the
Modern Slovak Literary Language based on the Central Slovak folklore koine.

Contents:

Introduction.

Chapter 1. The main thesis of the general theory of literary language.

Chapter 2. The formation of specific idiom functioning in Catholic
spiritual literature of the XVIth - XVIIIth centuries and Bernolak's
codification.

Chapter 3. Interrelation of Catholic "high" poetry language of the XVIIth -
XVIIIth centuries and the language of spiritual literature.

Chapter 4. The character of territorial differentiation and the evolution
of the language of Slovak administrative-legal documents.

Chapter 5. Central Slovak koine and the language of poetry from the end of
XVIIIth to the beginning of the XIXth centuries.

Chapter 6. A new concept of the genesis of the Slovak Literary language.

Conclusion.

2nd printing 2007.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Ling & Literature

Subject Language(s): Slovak (slk)

Written In: Russian (rus )

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