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Bulgaria to Pass Bill for Use of Literary Language

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Bulgaria to Pass Bill for Use of Literary Language: Bulgaria to Pass Bill for Use of Literary Language A file picture of the celebration of May 24, the Day of Slavic Script and Bulgarian Culture in front of the National Library in downtown Sofia at the monument of the authors of the first Slavic alphabet St. Cyril and St. Methodius. Sofia Photo Agency

A new Bill for the Use of Bulgarian Language has been submitted in the Parliament to be passed in the fall after the MPs reconvene upon conclusion of their summer break.

The new law will establish a special Council on Bulgarian Language within the cabinet, which will deal with the purity of literary language and will create and publish in the State Gazette the rules for grammar, spelling and use of foreign words.

The Chair of the Institute for Bulgarian Language at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS, will head the Council. The members will include three researchers from the Institute, three university lecturers and three teachers.

The Bill outlines the rules for mandatory use of literary language and the fines to be imposed on violators. It mandates the use of literary Bulgarian language in schools and day care centers, but children and students keep their right to study their native language if the latter is not Bulgarian.

The use of foreign language and even dialects of Bulgarian is banned at public events such as meetings, rallies and marches. Translators will have to be provided if the events include participation of foreigners.

According to the Bill, the Council will report to the Parliament annually on the use of literary Bulgarian in State institutions such as ministries, municipal administrations, courts, commissions and agencies among others.

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#6
sa-sha - 7 Aug 2011 // 12:38:35

"What is all the fuss about a dead Language"-a dead hand guided by a dead brain
wrote...

#5
DP - 7 Aug 2011 // 11:51:38

“… preservation of cultural heritage, including language, is in every nation's best interest. Nowadays, more than ever before as the world is becoming…”

mtonev,
This bill has nothing to do with the need of preservation of the cultural heritage and “preservation” of the Bulgarian language. It is a politically motivated move--irresponsible and unpractical move on the part of people pushing purely political agenda. Nowadays, more than ever before (using your words) this is against the spirit of tolerance and inclusiveness, which you seem to embrace in your post...

#4
DP - 7 Aug 2011 // 11:20:33

Hmm..This post has NOT been posted before and stop regecting it.

"The use of foreign language and even dialects of Bulgarian is banned at public events such as meetings, rallies and marches"

Is this a joke or lapse of sanity? How about throwing out of the parliament all those representatives who lack common sense? LOL

#3
Honterus - 6 Aug 2011 // 08:23:52

"The use of foreign language and even dialects of Bulgarian is banned at public events such as meetings, rallies and marches"

So if there is a "meeting , rally or march" of local Turks or Gipsies ( Bulgarian citizens) , they will have to use exclusively literary Bulgarian or else... What are the punishments pending if this law is infringed - I wonder ? Will there be policemen, prosecutors and judges specialized in "language" crimes ? What if a public speaker makes grammar errors. Will those be counted and if there are too many of them (?) the "language" police will pop-in and fine him ?

El sue?o de la raz?n produce monstruos.

#2
mtonev - 5 Aug 2011 // 18:59:45

Miffi, preservation of cultural heritage, including language, is in every nation's best interest. Nowadays, more than ever before as the world is becoming an interconnected melting pot, countries, regions and ethnicities strive to preserve and develop their distinctive character. One such example is the revival of the Mayan language, spoken by a sizable population in Mexico and neighboring countries even though Spanish is the predominantly used language in formal matters. It is no less important that Bulgaria dedicates reasonable amount of resources to support its national language.

#1
Miffy - 5 Aug 2011 // 16:47:24

What is all the fuss about a dead language that no one else in the whole world speaks? There are moe pressing problems to be solved in Bulgaria before spending money on a language no one else uses.

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