Macedonian language naming dispute

Macedonian Language Naming Dispute

Macedonian language naming dispute

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The name of the Macedonian language, as used by the people and defined in the constitution of the Republic of Macedonia, is "Macedonian" (македонски, makedonski). This is also the name used by international bodies, such as the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. The name is also used by convention in the field of Slavic Studies.

However, for historical reasons, as well as due to an objection by Greece, several other terms of reference are used when describing or referring to the language. Some of the names use the family to which the language belongs to disambiguate it from the undoubtedly non-Slavic Ancient Macedonian language, an entirely different language, characterized as Indoeuropean Greek branch (IEGB, ISO CODE XMK); sometimes the autonym "Makedonski" is used in English for the modern Slavic language, with "Macedonian" being reserved for the ancient language. There is also a dialect of modern Greek called Macedonian and spoken by the Greek Macedonians.

Macedonian Greek

A Greek dialect spoken mainly in northern Greece, in particular Macedonia, Thrace and Thessaly. It is fully intelligible with other Greek dialects. The dialect is usually referred as Makedonika (, Translation: Macedonian) or Makedonitika (, Translation:Macedonitic).

Macedonian Slavic

The term "Macedonian Slavic" also includes variants such as "Macedonian Slav", "Slavic Macedonian", "(Slavic) Macedonian",...
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