- Jan 2017
- Republika Srpska
I'll quote myself then:
Karadžić's main associate was Jernej Kopitar and we know that Kopitar envisioned Vuk's reform as a move that would bring the Serbs closer towards Austria and away from Russia, especially because before Vuk the accepted Serbian language was the so-called Slavenoserb language heavily influenced by Russia. In fact, in a report to Austrian authorities from 1819 Kopitar says that the reason that Orthodox Metropolitan of Karlovci Stefan Stratimirović opposed Vuk's reform was "destruction of a main barrier between his flock and Catholics." Further more, Kopitar had this to say:
"I told him (Vuk) to create a dictionary in order to fully solidify this language reform whose consequences will be suitable for Austrian Catholic majority and would sap the Russomania of these schismatic Illyrians." (A. Ivić, Arhivska građa o srpskim i hrvatskim književnim i kulturnim radnicima. 1740—1880, pg. 262).