Unusual Phraseology of a Certain Slovene Grammar Book (1918)

  • Elio Apih


The author presents the book "Theoretical and practical grammar of Slovene language" ("Grammatica teoretico-pratica della lingua slovena") from the year 1918. The foreword of the book states that it is the first Slovene grammar designed for Italians. It was written by dr. Bruno Guyon who in 1917 lived in San Pietro al Natisone in Venezia Giulia. The grammar was also designed to meet the "needs of the time", that is, the needs of Italian military policy. It contains, among other things, examples for "dialogues" such as: "He must be arrested, interrogated, handcuffed"..."Your comrades are vile animals." etc.