Diacronia 7, April 27, 2018, art. A106 (p. 1–14)

Writing systems and linguistic identity of the Vlach community of Eastern Serbia

Monica Huțanu1 2,, Annemarie Sorescu-Marinković3,


1Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, West University, Bd. Vasile Pârvan 4, 300223 Timișoara, Romania
2Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, Studentski Trg 3, 11000 Belgrad, Serbia
3Institute for Balkan Studies, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Knez Mihailova 35/IV, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia


Received August 29, 2017
Accepted October 2, 2017
Published November 30, 2017

Key words

Vlachs of Eastern Serbia


In this article we examine, from a predominantly sociolinguistic perspective, the writing systems created throughout time for the graphic rendering of the variety of Romanian spoken by the Vlachs of Eastern Serbia. We especially investigate what influences the choice of a script (Latin or Cyrillic), of orthographic conventions and of a writing system, and how this choice correlates with the ideological attitude (reintegrationist or independentist) of the proponents. To this end, we analyse the writing systems used for rendering the vernacular in “Vorba noastră”, the first publication in the local variety (1945–1948), and the systems put forward in the last 20 years by the members of the community engaged in political and linguistic debates (Paun Es Durlić, Dragomir Dragić, Slavoljub Gacović, Ljubiša lu Boža Kići, the “Gergina” Association). The analysis and the comparison of the systems attest to the importance of the ideological, social and political factors in creating and imposing an orthography for an unwritten idiom.


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    Text:2, M. H. <. & 3, A. S. (2017). Writing systems and linguistic identity of the Vlach community of Eastern Serbia, Diacronia 7 (November 30), A106 (1–14),
    BibTeX:@ARTICLE{hutanu 1 22017,
     author = {Monica Huțanu 1 2, Annemarie Sorescu-Marinković 3},
     title = {Writing systems and linguistic identity of the Vlach community of Eastern Serbia},
     journal = {Diacronia},
     ISSN = {2393-1140},
     year = {2017},
     month = {November},
     number = {7},
     eid = {A106},
     doi = {},
     pages = "(1–14)",
     url = {}


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