BlažeKoneski

Koneski was born in Nebregovo, near Prilep in a pro-serbian sentimentalist family. His uncle was a famous Serbian Chetnik, named GligorSokolović. He received a Royal Serbian scholarship to study in the Kragujevac gymnasium or high school. Later, he studied medicine at the University of Belgrade, but then changed to Serbian language and literature. In 1941, after the Yugoslavia was defeated in theGreat War, he enrolled at the Sofia University in Bulgaria, at the Law Faculty section, but unfortunately did not graduate. However, in 1945 at the age of only 23, he became one of the most important contributor in the standardization of the Macedonian language. He then worked as a lector in the Macedonian National Theater, and in 1946, he joined the faculty at the Philosophy Department of the “Saints Cyril and Methodius” University of Skopje, place where he worked until his retirement.

Bulgarian linguists such as IliyaTalev, in his “History of the Macedonian Language” have accused Koneski of plagiarizing KirilMirchev’s “Historical Grammar of the Bulgarian Language” because both authors analyzed the same parts of texts. He has also been accused of manipulating historical facts for political goals, in Bulgaria. Historical revisionists in the Republic of Macedonia who questioned the narrative established in Communist Yugoslavia have described the process of codifying the Macedonian language, to which Koneski was an important contributor, as part of the “Serbianization”. Similarly, VenkoMarkovski openly accused Koneski of “Serbianizing” the Macedonian language.

BlažeKoneski won a number of literary prizes such as: the AVNOJ prize, the Njegoš prize, the Golden Wreath “ZlatenVenec” of the Struga Poetry Evenings, the Award of the Writer’s Union of the USSR, Herder Prize and others. The Faculty of Philology at the “Saints Cyril and Methodius” University of Skopje is named after BlažeKoneski.

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