Proceedings of the LCTG3 Conference
Edited By Amei Koll-Stobbe and Sebastian Knospe
Branka Drljača Margić (University of Rijeka): Contemporary English influence on Croatian: a university students’ perspective
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Contemporary English influence on Croatian: a university students’ perspective
Branka Drljača Margić
In view of the fact that research on the influence of English on Croatian primarily focused on linguists’ attitudes, while the attitudes of the general public have been largely neglected, the present paper deals with the views of a group of Croatian average speakers. A questionnaire-based study was conducted among 244 students of the University of Rijeka. The findings of the study indicate that today’s presence of Anglicisms is predominantly seen as an inevitable and expected phenomenon, but also as a manifestation of linguistic snobbery. The present use of Anglicisms in Croatian is also largely perceived to result from the lack of the popularization of their native equivalents and from the public’s negative attitudes toward exaggerated purist activities in the history of Croatian. The minority of the respondents fear language or identity loss and relate the present use of Anglicisms to the un(der)development of the Croatian language.