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(E) Croatian Language and worldlanguage.com
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  04/17/2002 | Letters to the Editors | Unrated
(E) Croatian Language and worldlanguage.com

 

 

-----Original Message-----
To: service@worldlanguage.com
Subject: Croatian and Serbian


Dear Sir:

As is correctly pointed out in your description of the Croatian and
Serbian, many words are entirely different in both languages. The reason
the people understand each other is that they lived together in
Yugoslavia for 72 years and the ruling Serbs deliberately put Serb words
into use in Croatian schools, in order to obliterate the difference, thus
coining the language "Serbo-Croatian". 

Since Croatians first came to the Adriatic and the rest of today's
Croatia in the 7th century, they of course spoke Croatian, not
"Serbo-Croatian" which expression is still too often found in the media
and academia. Croats are proud of their language and would like to have
it recognized as such. 

Sincerely,
Hilda M. Foley
Media Relations
National Federation of Croatian Americans

From: "John" <john@worldlanguage.com>
To: "Gerard , Hilda Foley" hmfgsf@juno.com
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2002 02:13:00 -0700
Subject: RE: Croatian and Serbian

Thank you for your comments.

John Glascock
john@worldlanguage.com

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