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The History of Linguistic Thought and Language Use in 16 th Century Slovenia


Kozma Ahacic

This book is the first work on this topic to have been published in English and is thus brought before the international public. A preliminary sociolinguistic survey of the major issues concerning language use in 16th century Slovenia is followed by the central section – an analysis of Adam Bohorič’s pioneering grammar of Slovenian (1584) that establishes its position in the framework of contemporary European linguistics. Other subjects include the four-language grammatical appendix to Hieronymus Megiser’s dictionary (1592), the linguistic work of the German writer and teacher Nicodemus Frischlin during his stay in Slovenia, and the language issues addressed in the writings of various Slovenian Protestant writers.
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6 Conclusion


This study has examined the influence of the developed literary traditions — mostly German, Latin and to a somewhat lesser extent Italian — on the ideas about language developed by the Slovenian 16th-century Protestant writers; however, we have established a strong element of Humanism in their works as well. Our decision to compare the results available thus far with as many accessible sources from the examined period connected to the present theme has proved to be entirely valid; the quantity of material, which seemed impossible to handle at first, gradually opened out on to a comprehensive landscape of the discussed subject in the European region of the time.

Historical sociolinguistics proved to be a suitable tool for studying contemporary ideas about language, but it also proves useful for the better understanding of certain problems in the area of literature. The research of issues pertinent to historical sociolinguistics has shown that it is difficult to follow the pre-determined schemes, models and rules in the reconstruction of the situation of the period — the specifics of the studied period require constant redefinition of the research parameters within which we want to define the state of scholarship in the specific area of language and/or literature. This means that the model of description appropriate for the situation in 16th-century Germany does not help us in describing the contemporary situation in the Slovenian region; the model of description appropriate for the situation in 16th-century Slovenia is also completely inappropriate for the description of the...

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