Lysenko O.A. Slovenian Language in the Language Politics of the Republic of Serbia
The article presents today’s language policy that the Serbian government has towards minority languages with the example of Slovene and against the background of demographic trends for the Slovenian population. We see the Republic of Serbia as a final successor to the SFRY, drawing parallels with the language policy of the SFRY and today’s language policy towards Serbian in the Republic of Slovenia. We have reviewed sources that claim to restore a true-to-life sociolinguistic picture of the region. Following the discussion, we conclude that at the level of legislation about the language policy, the Serbian government is acting successively, declaring equality of languages in terms of strategic multilingualism. The example of Slovene as a language of a national minority confirms this, including in aspects of cultural autonomy and legal equality. The language policy of the Republic of Serbia mirrors the process of rapprochement with the EU and recent justice reforms. Needs of the market and the globalized society are also considered. The government’s actions are constructive and promising in spite of negative demographic phenomena and trends for specific ethnic groups and national minorities. In the aspect of law enforcement, there are a number of unresolved issues, shown with judicial practice.
Slovene, the Slovenians, the Republic of Serbia, language policy, national minority