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

Maxwell, Alexander

Dialect taxonomies emerge from a political context, and change inresponse to political events. This article, a case study in"Historical Perceptual Dialectology," tracks the history of Slovakdialect taxonomies.

A Narrativist View of History

Zeleňák, Eugen

In the second half of the 20th century a remarkable thing occurred in the area of philosophy of history. Several historians and philosophers of history ceased to discuss at that time popular topics of historical explanation and historical fact and instead they posed new questions focusing on the nature of historical work. They were interested mainly in the language used by historians, i.e. they began to study the rhetorical dimension of their work. The language was no longer considered to be a transparent instrument simply depicting pure historical facts.

Language and Ethnic Plurality in Medieval Pressburg/Bratislava: Reality or a Modern Representation?

Šedivý, Juraj

Ethnic and linguistic plurality was typical for Bratislava inhabitants in the period between the two world wars. Was this plurality valid also for the inhabitants of medieval Pressburg? The majority of Slovak medievalists support the model of "gradual ethnic plurality"- at the beginning at Slovak extramural settlements Hungarian guard settlements started to be formed in the 10th century, in the 12th century German and Romance-speaking settlers came and the German speakers had Germanized emerging towns in Upper Hungary since the 13th century.

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