STA, 9 August 2022 - The Austrian province of Carinthia is home to a sizeable Slovenian ethnic community, something that has been reflected in the names of places for centuries. More than 900 such places can now be found by their Slovenian or German name in an app called MyKoroška.
The app, which can be downloaded for free from the Apple AppStore or Google PlayStore, is an upgraded version of an app developed some ten years ago, Martin Kuchling of the Klagenfurt-based Christian Cultural Association has recently told the Slovenian desk of the Austrian public broadcaster ORF.
The app is very simple to use with a list of names and sound pronunciations in both languages along with information about the municipality and district that the place is located in. A chosen name can be typed in the search to find its counterpart in the other language.
The authors of the app note that the bilingual place names reflect the cultural diversity of Carinthia, one of Austria's nine federal states.
The app was developed as part of the language project Experience Slovenian (Slovenščino doživeti). It is based on Pavel Zdovc's 2008 collection Slovenian Place Names in Austrian Carinthia. Kuchling says the app is open to expansion and corrections.