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The Uncommon Language: Bratislava, Budapest, and Brussels

Votruba, Martin (2009) The Uncommon Language: Bratislava, Budapest, and Brussels. Slovak Studied Association Newsletter, 32 (2). 19 - 25.

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Slovakia passed an updated Law on the State Language in 2009, which created a protracted diplomatic controversy between Bratislava and Budapest, and agitation among activists and politicians in Slovakia. Some of the rhetoric became more agitated than the usual mode of communication in Central Europe, the wording of the law clouded the issue of Hungarian and other minority language use. The article discusses aspects of both.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Votruba, Martinvotruba@pitt.eduVOTRUBA
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Russian and East European Studies
Date: November 2009
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Slovak Studied Association Newsletter
Volume: 32
Number: 2
Publisher: Slovak Studies Association
Page Range: 19 - 25
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Slavic Languages and Literatures
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Law, on, State, Language, Hungarian, minority, language, use, European, Union, and, language, High, Commissioner, on, National, Minorities, Organization, for, Security, and, Co-operation, in, Europe, language, use, in, Slovakia, politics, in, Slovakia, politics, in, Hungary, Slovak, Hungarian, relations
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Other ID: 2806
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2010 16:08
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:11


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