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A Reflection of Man and Culture in Language and Literature

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Edited By Mária Matiová and Martin Navrátil

This book consists of scientific chapters devoted to innovative approaches to examination of anthropocentrism. It depicts human beings as physical, spiritual, social and cultural creatures perceived through the lingual and literary lens. The publication has an intercultural foundation, as it examines Slovak, Russian, German, English and Romanian languages.

The authors of the book discuss issues which transcend the boundaries of philological research. They apply knowledge from various fields, such as psychology, communication theory, aesthetics, mass media and other social sciences in order to obtain relevant scientific results. The authors present critical analyses and interpretations of contemporary theoretical and practical problems occurring in the selected areas of expertise, and outline the perspective research possibilities.

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A Brief View of the History of the Standard Slovak Language (Between the Two World Wars), Vojvodina Slovak Studies and the Relevance of Vojvodina Slovak Studies in the History of the Standard Slovak Language

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Samuel Koruniak

A standard language is the most prestigious and codified variant of a national language, which during its own history has gone through different development stages and is currently used (and should be known) by all nationals. It is a form of national language regulated by acts and institutions and is obligatory and rightful for the whole nation.

The history of a standard (in our case Slovak) language and the development of a standard variant serve the overall ethnical and national (also Slovak) consciousness and show how languages go through developmental stages. Research of the history and development of one’s own language can be a complicated research activity because it requires not only good linguists but also historians and experts on ethnography, ethnology, sociology, and political and social circumstances. These fields indirectly influence matters of standard language development and also affect and direct this variety. Another problematic feature in the research of the history of a standard language is the fact that for certain stages of development we do not have proper written sources that would provide us a complex overview of a standard language in a given developmental stage. The mentioned problems refer to the older period of development; in the case of Slovak this problem is exemplified by the period before codification (influenced also by social and political circumstances and lack of a national intelligentsia). A deficiency in domestic sources shows that this is a logical impact of the period before codification of...

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