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Re: Minority groups in Hungary (was: Rotokas (was: California Cheeseburger))

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Monday, June 21, 2004, 22:02
Racsko Tamas scripsit:

> I am a Slovak. My ancestors settled here on the Great Hungarian > Plains 250 years ago. Hungary was liberated from Turkish occupation > that time. Due to the near continuous skirmishing of the one and a half > century of the occupation, the central part of Hungary lost its > inhabitants. Mainly German and Slovak settlers were planted to these > depopulated areas.
Very interesting!
> After the World War II > there was a dirty population exchange between Czechoslovakia and > Hungary.
"Dirty", as in compelled?
> All these factors resulted that nowadays > only 12,000 people consider themselves as Slovak and 20,000 Hungarian > citizen speaks Slovak as a native tongue (census data of 1990).
Hmm. So there are 8000 people who speak Slovak but don't consider themselves ethnic Slovaks?
> Our language is a local mixture of 18th century Slovak dialects under > a strong influence of the Hungarian vocabulary. That is I am a > trilingual: I had to learn my home dialect, the Slovak stardard and the > Hungarian standard.
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