There is no Macedonian language, please, reffer here
The Wikipedia article you refer to and several related ones summarize the question pretty fairly (it would seem that authors were neither Greek nor Macedonian
). However, I don't see how you drew the conclusion from those articles that Macedonian language does not exist (ah, perhaps you meant ancient Macedonian).
Let me reiterate: people have right to name themselves and their language as they wish, even when it might lead to confusion. OTOH, other languages might adopt different local names in order to resolve (or, sometimes, introduce
) the confusion.
An example or two:
- English name for a country formerly a part of Soviet Union and for a US state is the same (namely, "Georgia"). Nobody seems to be confused or offended.
- There was an Illyrian tribe called "Dalmatae". During the times when Romans ruled both coasts of Adriatic a Romance language "Dalmatian" developed (some remnants of it existed until very recently). Today, "Dalmatians" ("Dalmatinci") is term used for Croats living in Dalmatia used as geographic term, meaning eastern Adriatic coast from approximately Zadar to Boka Kotorska (and for a breed of dogs ). I didn't notice that Albanians (presumably descendants of those Illyrians) complain about present use of term "Dalmatia".
Some of the comments here seem to imply "once Greek, always Greek" opinion, a very dangerous position (used by other extreme nationalists, too, not only Greek ones). Not a square meter of our continent exist which was not called home by dozens of different ethnic groups over the course of history. It is just a matter of choosing a point in time, and, say, Dalmatia I mentioned could be claimed by Croats, Italians, Celts, Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, or that pre-Indoeuropean folsk that spread from Black Sea region almost ten thousand years ago and whose genetic markers are still found in about 5% of Balkans population (and whoever declared themselves descendants of these).
Of course, Macedonians don't help the issue by putting a symbol from pre-Slavic archaeological find on their flag or naming the Skopje airport "Alexander the Great"....
So, let's name the language the way those who speak it and scholars who study it call it: "Macedonian" ("Makedonski"). There is no confusion, because modern Hellenic Macedonian does not exist. If I were a Macedonian, I would not complain very much about using something like "Macedonian (Slavic)", either...