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PUBLIC LECTURE: An Overview of Macedonian in Its Balkan Linguistic Context

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Abstract: This lecture will present a survey of the development of the Macedonian language in the context of the Balkan Linguistic League. Key issues of phonology, morphology, and syntax will be adduced to explain the central position of Macedonian vis-à-vis the languages with which it has been in contact for centuries. Attention will also be paid to the development of the Modern Macedonian Standard Language.

Bio: Victor A. Friedman (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1975) is Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. He served as Director of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies and president of the U.S. National Committee of the International Association for Southeast European Studies. Friedman is a member of the Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Sciences of Albania, the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Kosova, Matica Srpska, and has been awarded the "1300 Years of Bulgaria" jubilee medal. He has thrice been awarded the Golden Plaque from Sts. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, from which he also holds the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa. In 2009 he received the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages’ Annual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship. In 2014 he received the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies’ Annual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship. During the Yugoslav Wars of Succession he worked for the United Nations as a senior policy and political analyst in Macedonia and consulted for other international organizations. He has held conducted field work in the Balkans and the Caucasus for more than 40 years, and his research has been supported by Guggenheim, Fulbright-Hays, NEH, ACLS, IREX, and other fellowships.

His publications include The Grammatical Categories of the Macedonian Indicative (1977), the first book on Modern Macedonian to be published in the United States, now in a 2nd, revised edition (2014), Turkish in Macedonia and Beyond (2003), Studies in Albanian and Other Balkan Languages (2004), Očerki lakskogo jazyka [Studies on the Lak language] (2011), and Makedonistički Studii [Macedonian studies] (2 vols., 2011, 2015) as well as more than 200 scholarly articles. His main research interests are grammatical categories and sociolinguistic issues related to contact, standardization, ideology, and identity in the languages of the Balkans and the Caucasus.

Speaker(s) Professor Victor A. Friedman
Location Robert Street Lecture Theatre
Contact Iva Glisic <[email protected]>
Start Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:30
End Tue, 16 Feb 2016 20:30
Submitted by Brenda Dagnall <[email protected]>
Last Updated Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:50
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