Last night’s debate show “Zaspij ako mozes” interviewed Professor Victor Friedman from the United States, who referred to the Macedonian language and the barriers it faces in the past period with the Republic of Bulgaria.
According to Friedman, the Macedonian language is unique and one of a kind, although the Republic of Bulgaria wants to adopt it, i.e. to equate it with the Bulgarian language. He pointed out that the Macedonian language has not existed since 1945 and that the territory of the Republic of Macedonia has always been spoken a pure Macedonian language, which did not resemble other languages.
“Although they may sound similar, the Macedonian and Bulgarian languages have nothing in common. Neither phonetics nor anything else indicates their overlap. The Macedonian language is a Slavic language that has existed and been used since the time of St. Cyril and Methodius, not as someone wants to call it a new creation. “These are brazen provocations that the Macedonian people must not fall into.”
Friedman added that the Macedonian language has always been a target of certain parties, as well as the name of the country, but that the Macedonian people have survived for many centuries and no one should allow that to change. The professor also added that the world should be grateful for the literacy and dissemination of education by educators, and not to invent things that do not exist, Friedman said.
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