Intercultural Contact and Multilingualism in an Intimate Relationship in the Austro-Hungarian Littoral

Anja Iveković Martinis


 The paper presents a case study of multilingualism in private correspondence in turn-of-the-century Austro-Hungarian Istria. Language attitudes and use of German, Italian and Slovenian are analyzed, with results indicating the compatibility of national feelings with an appreciation of multilingualism, as well as the important role that intimate intercultural relationships play in this regard in a culturally mixed region. 


historical multilingualism, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Istria, private correspondence, intercultural contact

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