Publication details [#55030]

Tolimir-Hölzl, Natasja. 2011. Linguistic divergence in Bosnia: considerations about vertical and horizontal leveling. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2011 (212) : 55–68.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This study argues that the considerable difference between the standardization level and actual use of Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian, indicates that the prescriptive linguistic changes are not disseminating evenly within each group, but are only influencing the language use and speech of the majorities of some regions. Compared with present European standardization processes such as dialect loss and horizontal and vertical equalization, the phenomena found in this area constitute a very interesting exception worth investigating.