Professor of the University of Nova Gorica Receives a Special State Award

Doctor of Letters, Professor Kozma Ahačič was distinguished by the President of Slovenia Borut Pahor and received the “Apple of Inspiration” state award for his achievements in the study of Slovene grammar and literature. The award ceremony took place on 8 June, on the Memorial Day of the Slovenian first printer and Protestant preacher Primož Trubar. Kozma Ahačič is the deputy head of the Institute of Slovenian Ethnology, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SRC SASA) and Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Nova Gorica.

Professor Kozma Ahačič is one of the leading Slovenian linguists. Recently, he has published two Slovenian grammars for schoolchildren. After the grammar by Jože Toporišič, published 41 years ago and designed mainly for students and postgraduate students, the grammars by Kozma Ahačič have become the first educational publications intended for pupils of the basic (grades 1 to 9) and secondary (grades 9 to 11) schools. The “Kratkoslovnica” Grammar, in which basic grammatical rules are given in a simple and comprehensive way, is intended for primary schoolchildren. The second grammar entitled “Slovnica na kvadrat” is designed for secondary schoolchildren and contains comments and interesting reference sections. In both books, the author considers modern changes in the literary and colloquial language, emphasizing the new words and their interpretations.

In his works, Ahačič highlights various spheres of Slovene language and culture from new scientific points of view, for the study of which he received many awards. Among them, the Primož Trubar Prize for exceptional merit in preserving the Slovenian written heritage. The second channel of the national radio named Ahačič the Man of the Month, and last year he received a merit certificate for his Fran language portal (, the ideological father and editor of which he is.

The Fran website unites 31 vocabularies and many philological sources on Slovenian linguistics. The website’s daily traffic is about 37,500 views.