Janusheva, Violeta and Jurukovska, Jana (2017) THE ORTHOGRAPHY OF THE DASH IN THE MACEDONIAN STANDARD LANGUAGE AND THE JOURNALISTIC SUB-STYLE. International Journal of Language Academy, 19 (5(6)). pp. 331-342. ISSN 2342-0251

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In the Macedonian language, little, or no attention at all is given to the important role of the punctuation and orthographic marks regarding the coherence and stylistic effects of the written texts they provide. Bearing in mind that the last edition of the Orthography (1988) has been used for approximately 20 years, the new edition of the Orthography of the Macedonian language was welcomed with hope that it would resolve, if not all, then, at least some of the dilemmas, unclearness and impreciseness of theorthographic rules present in the late Orthography. Indeed, the new edition of the Orthography (2015) brings in changes, supplements and provides accurate information. However, the written practice is overloaded with countless examples of incorrect use, which refer to the use of punctuation and orthographic marks, especially of the dash, and this is not in accordance with the standard norm of the language. Hence, the paper’s aim is to compare several basic rules regarding the use of the dash in the two editions of the Orthography (1998 and 2015) and to show that many mistakes are present in one relevant segment of the written practice, i.e. in the journalistic sub-style. The research has qualitative paradigm (analysis of content) and descriptive design. Themethods used to process the data and to draw scientific conclusions are analysis, synthesis and comparison. From the analysis, it can be noticed, that the incorrect use of the dash appears partly due to the fact that some rules in the two editions are notclear and precise enough and are exposed to dual interpretations, as well as to the disrespect and the scarce concern of the language norm from the Macedonian language’s speakers. The analysis supports the need of more frequent appearances of new editionsof the Orthography in order to make the already existing rules more precise, and to give more publicity to the changes that have already been made in the new edition.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Josif Petrovski
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2018 13:24
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2018 13:24

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