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After YugoslaviaThe Cultural Spaces of a Vanished Land$
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Radmila Gorup

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784023

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784023.001.0001

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Post-Yugoslav Emergence and the Creation of Difference

Post-Yugoslav Emergence and the Creation of Difference

(p.148) (p.149) 9 Post-Yugoslav Emergence and the Creation of Difference
After Yugoslavia

Tomislav Z. Longinović

Stanford University Press

The production of linguistic differences required by the new nation-states emerging from the ruins of Yugoslavia raises the problem of translation. The issue is problematic since many of the emergent cultures do not require translation to come to terms with meanings articulated in the other one. The seven post-Yugoslav political entities have retaliated against the former lingua franca of the common state in a cultural mode, reflecting their new identities by creating different visions of the national territory by linguistic means. The discussion is limited to Serbia and Croatia. The case of Serbo-Croatian is a painful reminder of the cultural reality whose language is the marker of collective identity and the extension of national territory. Structured by extralinguistic forces tied to the power of social elites and their projected political aims, language performs the most basic interpellation of those subjected to the national imagination.

Keywords:   linguistic differences, nonidentical Serbian and Croatian twins, problem of translation, translation as political tool, translational nationalism, lingua franca, politolect, “Orientalization”

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