Posting Articles about Excavations in Electronic Forums

Posting Articles about Excavations in Electronic Forums

Charilaos Thomos (Computer Scientist and Researcher, Greece), Alexandros Gouniotis (Computer Scientist and Researcher, Greece) and Konstantinos Kechagias (School of Second Chance, Greece)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-759-1.ch015
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Abstract

Having taken its name from the fragmentary and divisive nature of the 20th century Balkans, the geopolitical term “balkanization” has come to refer to any region or society with internal turmoil or divisions. At the same time, it is being used to express the divergence over time of languages. In both cases, “balkanization” is an indisputable reality nowadays and reflects current relationships among nations. In this sense, although the unification process of the EU is believed to be a given today, problems such as the downgrading of less widespread languages such as Balkan languages and dialects still remain unsolved, mostly due to the predominance of English, French or German in the scientific, political, economical and commercial world. Indicatively, there are nine officially acknowledged languages today in the Balkans, whose even existence is ignored by the majority of EU citizens. Some have no apparent relation to the other. Whatever the case is, the Balkans have to and will survive this “Babel,” together with all European Union states. Maintaining a country’s language is a multilateral case and duty of nations nowadays; it also concerns a place’s culture and its specific characteristics and lifestyle, which differentiate it from other nations. It has to do with ethnic identity and understanding of one’s existence over time.

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