kateri4ok wrote:People, stop fighting. Bulgarian and Macedonian are considered separate languages for political, not for linguistic reasons. "Language" is just a title given to standardised dialects and we shouldn't let it bother us.
That's correct actually. The ISO-639 doesn't differ between languages and dialects. Many linguists do not recognize Macedonian as a separate language. It is important to note however, that what nowadays is considered official Macedonian is not the pure Macedonian dialect from 60 years ago. But I'd object to all of those who say they understand Macedonian perfectly, but don't understand a word of Bulgarian. Well, that only means, that your linguistic skills are not really broad, it has nothing to do with the fact that the one is a dialect of the other. A propos, many Germans do not understand the Bavarian or Sachson dialect, and many English people do not understand the Liverpoolian.