The Slovenia Times

National Library gets large collection of writings by key linguist


A series of events was moreover announced going under the name of Toporišič Year and under way until 11 October next year.

The estate, bequeathed to the library where Toporišič spent a fair amount of time, comprises more than 20 boxes with manuscripts, typed material, letters and publications, which were selected by Toporišič's sons.

Marijan Rupert of the National and University Library told the press that Toporišič's activities, more than 2,000 articles and other publications meant a milestone in Slovenian linguistics and that a great void had been left behind by the linguist, who died last December.

A part of the material will be presented at an exhibition called Slovenian grammar and dictionaries: a tongue kiss, which will open at the National and University Library together with an international symposium on Slovenian language on 19 November.

Meanwhile, Toporišič will also be honoured with a series of events and gestures organised by the library of Brežice.

These began on his birthday, 11 October, and include the naming of a school in the Brežice area (SE) where Toporišič was born after him, a memorial plate on his house in Mostec and a symposium and ceremony dedicated to the linguist.

Toporišič is best known as the author of the authoritative Slovenian Grammar (1976), which saw numerous reprints and is still the most widely used Slovenian.

He was also known popularly as the inventor of several Slovenian neologisms and was moreover a co-author of the Guide to Slovene Orthography (2001), a reference book of contemporary Slovenian.

In 2006 Toporišič received the Zois Award, the highest national prize for lifetime achievements in arts and science.


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