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Why the Slovak Language Has Three Dialects: A Case Study in Historical Perceptual Dialectology

  • Alexander Maxwell (a1)

Linguists have long been aware that the ubiquitous distinction between “languages” and “dialects” has more to do with political and social forces, typically nationalism, than with objective linguistic distance.1 This article, an exercise in the history of (linguistic) science, examines political and social factors operating on other levels of linguistic classification than the “language-dialect” dichotomy. Nationalism and linguistic thought are mutually interactive throughout a linguistic classification system: political and social history not only affects a list of “languages,” but also a list of “dialects.”

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Peter F. Sugar , “The More It Changes, the More Hungarian Nationalism Remains the Same,” Austrian History Yearbook 31 (2000): 127–56.

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Austrian History Yearbook
  • ISSN: 0067-2378
  • EISSN: 1558-5255
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