Macedonian

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A language of Macedonia

Alternate Names
Macedonian Slavic, Makedonski, Slavic
Population

1,390,000 in Macedonia (1986). Population total all countries: 1,710,670.

Location

North: Kumanovo-Kratovo region; Southeast: Gevgelija, Strumica, and Lake Dojran areas; West: Veles, Prilep, Kichevo, Bitola, and Debar-Galchnik regions. Also in Albania, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Greece (Slavic), Serbia, Slovenia, United States.

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (1991, Constitution, Article 7(1)).

Dialects

Northern Macedonian, Southeastern Macedonian, Western Macedonian. Standard dialect recognized in 1944.

Language Use

Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Newspapers. Radio programs. Grammar. Bible: 1990.
Writing
Cyrillic script, used since 1944.
Other Comments

Called Slavic in Greece, considered a dialect of Bulgarian [bul] by some in Bulgaria.

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