Research Centre for Areal Linguistics

The Research Center for Areal Linguistics “Bozidar Vidoeski” was established on 28 September 2000. The center researches the role of the factor space in the life and in the evolution of the language. The multicultural and multilingual Balkan environment is an ideal base for research in the field of areal linguistics, i.e. for the developing of the theory of interlingual contacts and to study the mechanisms of linguistic interference.

The Center works on the following projects:

1. International linguistic atlases, i.e. 1.1. General Slavic Linguistic Atlas (OLA), 1.2. European Linguistic Atlas (ELA), and 1.3. Small Balkan Dialect Atlas. OLA is an international, multilateral project coordinated by the International Committee of Slavists. The goal is to present a typological differentiation of Slavic speeches and paths of that differentiation. ELA, under the international title Atlas Linguarum Europae (ALE), represents a cartographic projection of the lexicon, in perspective and of the grammatical structure of all languages of Europe, regardless of their origin and legal status. The excerption is implemented according to partial questionnaires. The lexical part of the ELA brings above all, information about the cultural layers in the European homonymy. The Small Balkan Dialect Atlas represents the first attempt to present cartographic differentiation of the languages belonging to the so-called Balkan linguistic union.

2. The place of the Macedonian language in the Slavic and Balkan linguistic world. The work on the project began in 2001. The project aims is to determine the geography of morph syntax patterns characteristic for the members of the Balkan linguistic union and to determine their status in the functional (pragmatical, semantic) structure of the relevant language codes (standard and dialect). The starting point of analysis is the situation in the Macedonian language. The project is conducted under the theory “smysl > tekst”. The subject of analysis is the form of realization of certain category meanings in the Balkan and Slavic languages. The Slavic parallels serve as a benchmark to determine what is “Balkan” in the structure of Balkan Slavic languages.

The Center prepares the Bibliography of Macedonian Language as a continuance of the work initiated by B. Vidoeski in his Appendix to the Bibliography of the Macedonian Language, Skopje 1953. Simultaneously, the Macedonian part is prepared for the Slavic bibliography published in Poland and for the linguistic bibliography published in the Netherlands. 

The Center is working on the electronic sound and textual data of the Macedonian standard and dialect language. The work on the electronic data of the Macedonian standard language started from the need to create a base for excerption within the project dedicated to the analysis of morph syntax balkanisms.

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