“Every fox praises its own tail”. Jan Blahoslav (1523–1571) on Slavic dialects

Herman SELDESLACHTS, Raf Van Rooy

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    Jan Blahoslav (1523–1571) was one of the first – if not the first – to devote a separate chapter to the phenomenon of vernacular diatopic variation in his Czech grammar. His pioneering attempts at making sense of this issue have thus far remained understudied, especially outside of the Czech Republic. In this contribution, we open up this important text, largely written in Czech, to a wider audience by means of an annotated English translation. In addition, we frame his interest in dialectal variation in the intellectual trends of 16th-century language study, especially within the Protestant circles in which Blahoslav was active.
    Translated title of the contributionJan Blahoslav (1523–1571) à propos des dialectes slaves.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-43
    Number of pages43
    JournalZeitschrift für Slawistik
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022


    • dialectology
    • history of linguistics
    • Jan Blahoslav
    • Renaissance
    • Slavic dialects

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