Forschungsarbeit: Eine Analyse der Metaphern in der kroatischen Linguistikfachzeitschrift Jezik von 1991 bis 1997

Eine Analyse der Metaphern in der kroatischen Linguistikfachzeitschrift Jezik von 1991 bis 1997

„...dass das kommunistische Jugoslawien versucht hat, uns die Sprache wegzunehmen, sie herauszureißen aus unserer Volksseele und aus unseren Herzen.“

Studien zur Slavistik, volume 41

Hamburg , 142 pages

ISBN 978-3-8300-9773-0 (print)
ISBN 978-3-339-09773-6 (eBook)

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After the breakup of Yugoslavia at the beginning of the 1990s, a dispute about the status of Serbo-Croatian and its assumed successor languages ensued. In Croatia, the existence of Serbo-Croatian is not only denied in favor of a separate Croatian language, but it is sometimes even asserted that Serbo-Croatian never existed in the first place. The Croatian linguistic journal Jezik, which often holds views of language nationalism, has taken up an important role within this discourse. This book tries to answer the question as to which images and representations the authors of Jezik construct about their language. In order to do so, the metaphors used in eight texts which were published in Jezik between 1991 and 1997 are analyzed. Following a sound linguistic discussion about the Serbo-Croatian language, the conceptual metaphor theory by Lakoff and Johnson (1980) is presented. This theory works as the basis for the metaphor analysis, in which the ideological views of the authors of Jezik about the Croatian language variety are shown: According to them, the Croatian language was a victim of Yugoslav language policy, it was exposed to constant violence and forced to fight back. In addition to this, the authors of Jezik use metaphors to try to justify language purism, which has been heavily enforced in Croatia following the country’s independence. In this way, this book adds to the metalinguistic study of the discourse about language in the successor states of Yugoslavia. An introduction by Snježana Kordic prefaces the book.

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