Novi Sad Agreement

Novi Sad Agreement

Novi Sad Agreement

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The Novi Sad Agreement was an attempt by twenty five Serbian, Croatian and Montenegrin writers, linguists and intellectuals to build unity across the ethnic and linguistic divisions within Yugoslavia, and created the Serbo-Croatian language.

Sponsored by the Serbian cultural organization's journal Letopis Matice srpske editorial board, talks on the use and acceptability of the Serbian, which uses the Cyrillic alphabet and is centered around the city of Belgrade (known as the eastern variety of Serbo-Croat) and Croatian (which uses the Roman alphabet, centered around the city of Zagreb, and is known as the western variety of Serbo-Croat) took place in the city of Novi Sad, in the Serbian province of Vojvodina. Two days of discussion from December 8th through December 10th, 1954, resulted in the signing of the agreement, which laid out ten resolutions regarding the languages and their relations to one another.

The agreement focused on the similarities between the two dialects, and was primarily concerned with reconciling the different dialects for the benefit of a federalized Yugoslavia. The agreement stated that groups of linguists and intellectuals who from both the eastern Serbian variant and the western Croat variant, would work together toward establishing a single dictionary and terminology.

The agreement ironically also stated that the future language should develop naturally, although it was being forged by the force of political will and pressure from both dialects.

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