This paper was presented as an opening reading at the colloquium devoted to the 100th anniversary of Henrich Bartek, one of the greatest Slovak linguistics authorities of the thirties and forties of 20th century. After his emigration from Czechoslovakia in 1945, the life and work of Henrich Bartek became unknown to the Slovak linguistic circles. Nowadays the knowledge of Bartek's work made remarkable progress, but there are still topics worth to explore. The author of this reading focused his attention to some Bartek's controversy views of Slovak language and he confronts them with some views of the contemporary Slovak linguists.
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