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The Goran Enclave in Kosovo: Language Data for Identity
The Goran Enclave in Kosovo: Language Data for Identity

Author(s): Krasimira Koleva
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Editura Alfa
Keywords: enclave; Balkans; Gora region; Slavonic Muslim community; mother tongue; contact zone

Summary/Abstract: Gora is an enclave on the territory of western Balkans (Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia). It is a region with a mixed population. The small community of Muslim Gorans speaks a Slavic idiom specific to the western Balkan area in which three large language continua are in contact: Albanian, Macedonian-Bulgarian and Serbian. The mother tongue of the Gorans is exclusively a home language. Gorans and the Goran language are concepts that bear an ethno-ideological content, at a time when politics has been accompanied by ethnic conflicts. The Goran community is determined by features that are common and value-laden for all speakers. This paper is a result of the author’s current specialized research projects.

  • Issue Year: VIII/2012
  • Issue No: 1 (15)
  • Page Range: 133-139
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English