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Macedonian language

NameMacedonian
Nativename 
 
Pronunciation-mkmaˈkɛdɔnski
FamilycolorIndo-European
StatesRepublic of Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Macedonian diaspora
RegionBalkans
Speakers1.6 3.0 million.
Fam1Indo-European (Satem Group)
Fam2Balto-Slavic
Fam3Slavic
Fam4South Slavic
Fam5Eastern South Slavic
ScriptCyrillic (Macedonian variant)
NationRepublic of Macedonia
MinorityAlbania
Romania
Serbia
AgencyMacedonian Language Institute "Krste Misirkov" at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje
Iso1mk
Iso2bmac|iso2t=mkd|iso3=mkd
Linguapart of 53-AAA-h
MapcaptionCountries with significant Macedonian-speaking populations
(Click on image for the legend)
NoticeIPA

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Macedonian ( , makedonski jazik, -mkmaˈkɛdɔnski ˈjazikpronMk-Makedonski jazik is a South Slavic language spoken as a first language by approximately 2 3 million people principally in the region of Macedonia but also in the Macedonian diaspora. It is the official language of the Republic of Macedonia and holds the status of official minority language in parts of Albania, Romania and Serbia.

Standard Macedonian was implemented as the official language of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia in 1945 and has since developed a thriving literary tradition. Most of the codification was formalized during the same period.

Macedonian dialects form a continuum with Bulgarian dialects; together in turn they form a broader continuum with Serbo-Croatian through the transitional Torlakian dialects. The name of the Macedonian language is a matter of political controversy in Greece as is its distinctiveness in Bulgaria.


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