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(E) UCLA - Slavic Languages
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  03/28/2002 | Letters to the Editors | Unrated
(E) UCLA - Slavic Languages
 
Mr. Michael Heim 
Slavic Languages and Literature Faculty 
115 Kinsey Hall 
UCLA, 
Los Angeles, CA 
 
Dear Mr. Heim: 
 
We noticed with dismay that the UCLA Library still uses the definition 
"Serbo-Croat" as a language at the Slavic Languages Faculty. Please note 
that the Croatian language existed already when the Croats (not Serbs) 
arrived in present day Croatia in the seventh century, long before 
Yugoslavia, - comprising Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia, - was established 
after WWI. The dominating Serbs imposed on Croatians the so-called 
"Serbo-Croatian" which did not exist as a language before. The Croatian 
and Serbian languages are similar, but not the same in many aspects. 
There were Serb words that were forced into the Croatian language, but 
these have been abandoned since the breakup . 
 
We respectfully urge you to separate the two languages at the Slavic 
Languages section in the Library and at the Faculty. Thank you. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Hilda M. Foley 
Media Relations 
National Federation of Croatian Americans 
13272 Orange Knoll 
Santa Ana, CA 92705 
 
 
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