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Re: Slovakia's New Slogan

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  • Martin Votruba
    ... A good point, Zuzka. Because of the gender agreement and because Slovak has only 5 basic vowels (plus their long and diphthongized versions), such
    Message 1 of 12 , Mar 29, 2006
      > the sound of the Slovak words, with the a's
      > at the ends of the words...poetic.

      A good point, Zuzka. Because of the gender agreement and because
      Slovak has only 5 basic vowels (plus their long and diphthongized
      versions), such rhymes/alliteration occur on a massive scale in
      Slovak, so they're not really noticed by the native speakers -- Slovak
      poets employ alliteration only in very rare instances, and then it
      takes the literature teacher quite some effort to persuade the
      students that there's supposed to be anything special about it.

      Understandably, the government tourist board is targeting it at
      foreigners , especially the Czechs, Poles, and Germans, so it looses
      some, or all of the _a_s: Mala velka zeme; Maly wielki kraj; Ein
      kleines grosses Land; Little Big Country.


      Martin

      votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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