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Language Varieties Between Norms and Attitudes

South Slavic Perspectives- Proceedings from the 2013 CALS Conference

Anita Peti-Stantic, Mateusz Milan Stanojevic and Goranka Antunovic

This volume brings together thirteen articles presented at the 27th International Conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society held in Dubrovnik in 2013. The authors explore four groups of issues: stability and change at the intersection of the standard and other varieties; language policy and language attitudes in relation to the status of L1 and L2; bilingualism and multilingualism; translation solutions reaffirming and/or establishing the norm. The articles focus on the contemporary Croatian and Slovenian sociolinguistic situation, relating it to the current situation in Europe.
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Positioning the Croatian language by regulating Croatian as L2



The positioning of the Croatian language in relation to other European and world languages during Croatia’s integration into the European Union is one of many vital, strategic, and national issues facing the Republic of Croatia. Consequently, this has become one of the most frequent topics in Croatian linguistic studies. In most of these studies, the Croatian language is observed only as a first language (L1). As a result, they focus mostly on standardization issues, such as lexicon and orthography. Locally, Croatian as a second language is basically neglected, as there is no real awareness of the importance of its role in Croatian society. However, foreigners in Croatia primarily experience Croatian as a foreign or second language (L2). Therefore, Croatian as a second language (CL2) has an important role with regard to the external perception of Croatia and its language. This fact puts CL2 in an important and unavoidable position in relation to other languages in the region, Europe, and the world. Because they influence the perception of CL2 in Croatian society, legislation and logistical support given by local institutions play an important role in the status of the Croatian language. It is necessary to develop an appropriate and comprehensive policy for the positioning of the Croatian language via strategies that would help the Republic of Croatia in the process of European integration, and this policy should come from the highest levels of the Croatian government. These strategies could be directed in two ways. The Croatian parliament could pass...

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