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Re: Minority groups in Hungary

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 16:03
Leo Caesius scripsit:
> Tamas Racsko wrote in response to J. Cowan: > >Hmm. So there are 8000 people who speak Slovak but don't consider > >themselves ethnic Slovaks? > > Yes, among others some members of my family, too. It is the last > stage prior to assimilation."
I suppose I'm a bit surprised because in countries of immigration it seems to be more typical to keep the ethnic identity even after losing the language. There are many U.S. citizens with no particular ethnic identity other than "American", but there are many who still consider themselves Italians or Greeks or Slovaks or Turks or Hungarians even after several generations and even though they speak only English.
> Yet, surprisingly, the inhabitants continue to speak Greek in their > homes.
Doubtless the national government refers to the language as "island Turkish". :-) -- BALIN FUNDINUL UZBAD KHAZADDUMU BALIN SON OF FUNDIN LORD OF KHAZAD-DUM