Montenegrin language "fails to take root"

PODGORICA -- A Montenegrin University professor has said that the uptake of the Montenegrin language in that country has been "a fiasco".

(FoNet, file)
(FoNet, file)

Even the politicians who demanded its official introduction do not speak the language today, Dragan Koprivica charged.

Koprivica also blamed former PM Igor Lukšić for the fact that a commission set up to produce school curriculums for "Montenegrin-Serbian, Bosnian, and Croatian language and literature", is yet to finish its work a year later.

According to the professor, Lukšić reached an agreement with opposition parties on equality of languages, "but did nothing after that in order for the document to be implemented".

Koprivica told Podgorica's Dan newspaper that only those who seek to present Montenegrin as the sole official language could profit from the current situation, and added that, considering that most citizens speak Serbian, "that does not correspond with reality".

Considering that there has been no agreement on a program for the "Montenegrin-Serbian, Bosnian, and Croatian language and literature" course, Montenegrin schools are teaching according to last year's curriculums.

According to the official data from Montenegro's census published in the summer of 2011, 36.97 percent of the country's 625,266 inhabitants said they spoke Montenegrin, while 43.88 percent said they spoke Serbian.