Mid-Macedonian period - Macedonian variant (edition)


The Mid-Macedonian period in the development of the Macedonian written language, from its earliest form, the Old-Slavonic, to its current one, covers that period between the XII to the close of the XVIII and the beginning of the XIX century, when many contemporary language features emerged, gradually pushing out the Old-Slavonic ones (Ecclesiastic Slavonic). The demarcations of the Mid-Macedonian period should not be understood as cuts, but as a gradual development. During the Mid-Macedonian period two literature schools were active and continued the development of the Slavonic written tradition. One of them, known as the Ohrid Literature School, was developing literature activity in the region of Ohrid and wider, in the Western Macedonia. The other was seated in the region of Kratovo or, more precisely, in the Lesnovo Monastery, and was developing literature activity in the Northeast Macedonia.

It is certain that the records: "Ohrid Apostle", "Bologna Psalter", "Bitola Triodion", "Macedonian Gospel by Priest Jovan", "Dobromir's Gospel", etc., pertain to the Ohrid Literature School. All of these have language features characteristic for the native languages in the Western Macedonia. These records also have common orthography features.

The Kratovo Literature School is attributed the following records: "Stanislav's Prologue", "Vranesh Epistle". "Padomir's Gospel", "Kratovo Gospel", "Lesnovo Paranesis", etc. They are endowed with the language features of the northern Macedonian speeches.

All of these manuscripts were created in the period between the XII and the XIV centuries, before the subjugation of our country by the Ottomans.
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