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Macedonian language

LC control 85079284
LC classificationPG1151 PG1179
Topical headingMacedonian language
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Variant(s)Bǎlgarski language (Macedonian)
Balgàrtzki language (Macedonian)
Bolgàrtski language (Macedonian)
Bulgàrtski language (Macedonian)
Dópia language
Entópia language
Macedonian Slavic language
Makedoniski language
Makedonski language
Slavic language (Macedonian)
Slaviká language (Macedonian)
Slavomacedonian language
See alsoBalkan Peninsula--Languages
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Slavic languages, Southern
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Found inEthnologue online, April 28, 2010 (Macedonian; a language of Macedonia; alternate names: Macedonian Slavic, Makedonski, Slavic; called Slavic in Greece, where "Macedonian" refers only to people living in Macedonia, a region in Greece; considered a dialect of Bulgarian by some in Bulgaria; Cyrillic script; also spoken in Albania, Bulgaria, and Greece; classification: Indo-European, Slavic, South, Eastern)
Britannica online, April 28, 2010: Macedonian language (aka Makedonski Jazik; South Slavic language that is most closely related to Bulgarian and is written in the Cyrillic alphabet. Macedonian is the official language of the Republic of Macedonia, where it is spoken by more than 1.3 million people. The Macedonian language is also spoken in adjacent areas of Greek and Bulgarian Macedonia and in Australia, Yugoslavia, and Albania; three main dialects)
The world's major languages, 1987: p. 322 (Macedonian; a slavonic language)
Wikipedia, April 28, 2010: Macedonian language (official language of the Republic of Macedonia and a member of the Eastern group of South Slavic languages; closest relative of Macedonian is Bulgarian, with which it is mutually intelligible; spoken in the Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, and Serbia; a recognised minority language in parts of Albania, Romania, and Serbia; many speakers of the language in Greece choose not to identify ethnically as "Macedonians", but as ethnic Greeks; the simple term "Macedonian" as a name for the Slavic language is often avoided in the Greek context, and vehemently rejected by most Greeks, for whom Macedonian has very different connotations; instead, the language is often called simply "Slavic" or "Slavomacedonian", with "Macedonian Slavic" often being used in English. Speakers themselves variously refer to their language as makedonski, makedoniski ("Macedonian"), slaviká, dópia or entópia, bălgarski, balgàrtzki, bolgàrtski or bulgàrtski ("Bulgarian"), naši ("our own [language]"), or stariski ("the old [language]"); In recent years, there have been attempts to have the language recognised as a minority language in Greece)