Slovene Normative Guides and Borrowing of Greek-Latin Elements: From Tradition to Prestige and towards the User

  • Helena Dobrovoljc Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Keywords: Slovene normative guides, Greek-Latin elements, Slovenisation

Abstract

In the normative Slovene tradition, the borrowing of proper names from the Latin and Greek world was treated as exclusionist and often accompanied by contradictory instructions for common language users, who belonged to various levels of social differentiation. By contrast, the fund of common nouns underwent a relatively quick phonetic adaptation. An exception is the individual expressions which are treated in our language community as prestigious, i.e. intellectual, and are thus preserved as direct quotations. It is due to the aforementioned factors in codifying the Latin-Greek lexicon and names that the contemporary standard language norm lacks uniformity. The article presents the existing principles of Slovenisation illustrated by a selected group of words, and the experiences which await us in the future.

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Published
2016-12-28
How to Cite
Dobrovoljc, Helena. 2016. “Slovene Normative Guides and Borrowing of Greek-Latin Elements: From Tradition to Prestige and towards the User”. Keria: Studia Latina Et Graeca 18 (1), 117-35. https://doi.org/10.4312/keria.18.1.117-135.
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