It’s an old topic, but someone brought it back.
TeneReef wrote:Macedonian and Bulgarian are like Dutch and German, or Slovenian and Croatian.
Different dialects have been chosen for the standard language.
How do you know, if you don’t speak either Bulgarian or Macedonian?
I don’t have a problem with Macedonians picking a different dialect and making it the standard language. I even think it would be really cool. But it’s not the case. I have a problem with them removing good Bulgarian words and replacing them with fake made-up ones, as well as changing the orthography not to accommodate the phonology of the language, but only to make it less similar to what it comes from, and twist it even further. It’s disgusting.
I would love to hear a dialect of my own language, which is at the same time used as a standard somewhere. It would be very nice to travel westward and start hearing something that sounds like the language you’ve only read in books, for example. But that’s not the case. Instead I hear words turned upside down, letters replaced just to make it look like something that doesn’t exist in any dialect either in Bulgaria or Serbia, fake grammar and tons of other kinds of shit. Among all of this, there is, of course, some dialect Bulgarian, and I guess some Serbian words and other real things. What I’m against is the fake shit that is not supposed to be there. And I think it’s way too much.
If you know German and read Dutch, you don’t get the same feeling. I don’t know about Slovenian and Croatian – I’ve got no idea. But they’re probably normal languages that have developed naturally as well.
And that’s not me being a nationalist – I’m not. And I don’t see what racism has to do here – is anyone talking about who’s black and who’s white? Whoever is not Bulgarian, Macedonian or Serbian, should not state their opinion that readily, because you’ve got no idea what you’re talking about.
It would be interesting to hear what Macedonians think, if there are any in this forum. In Bulgaria the general perception is that they’ve been brainwashed by their education system to believe in fake facts that do not hold in reality. But if there are any linguists who have researched where their language comes from, have read its oldest literature etc., then it would be very interesting to hear what they think.