Language – identity – culture – minority (Sociolinguistic analysis of situational use of a minority language on the example of Slovak university youth in Hungaria)
[Jazyk – identita – kultura – minorita (sociolingvisticka analyza situacneho pouzivania minoritneho jazyka na priklade vysokoskolskej slovenskej mladeze v Madarsku)]
Ladislav Lenovsky – Tunde Tuskova
Language plays an important role between identity, culture and minority relations. The knowledge and use of the minority language by the elite is an authoritative attribute of language position in the whole minority. The education of elites in the Slovak minority in Hungary is determined by minority education (teaching the Slovak language, history and culture). The top of this kind of education is the university study of Slovak studies at several universities in Hungary. Graduates gain the legitimacy to become the intellectual elite of the Slovak minority in Hungary. Sociolinguistic situation analysis shows their relationship to Slovak language and real aspects of its use.
Key words: language, identity, culture, minority, university students, Slovaks, Hungary