The Language Situation for the Bosniaks on Both Sides of the Serbian/Montenegrin Border

  • Robert D. Greenberg


Although the language formerly known most frequently as Serbo-Croatian has ceased to exist, its successor languages — Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian — continue to evolve, and the relationships among the four new ethnically-defined languages often still evoke confusion and occasional controversy. As Vajzović (2008) suggests, the insistence among politicians, linguists, and leading intellectuals on the separateness of the ethnic languages of Bosnia-Herzegovina (Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian) has underscored the symbolic value of languages, often at the expense of the communicative function of language.


Language Policy Mother Tongue Official Language Minority Language Muslim Community 
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