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Vladimir Anić (21 November 1930 – 30 November 2000) was a Croatian linguist and lexicographer, best known as the author of Rječnik hrvatskoga jezika (1991), the first modern single-volume dictionary of Croatian language.
Anić received a B.A. degree in Yugoslav languages and literature and Russian language and literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb in 1956. In 1963 he obtained a Ph.D. with the thesis Language of Ante Kovačić. He taught at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar from 1960 to 1974, when he moved to the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, becoming a full professor and head of the Department of Croatian standard language in 1976.
Anić published more than two hundred papers, studies, reviews and assays in subject areas of syntax, phonology, accentuation, morphology, lexicography, lexicology, terminology and stylistics. He taught at universities in Germany, Sweden and Slovenia.
Vladimir Anić's most important and most widely known work is his dictionary of Croatian language. Started in 1972 and finally published in December 1991, it appeared 90 years after the last comparable dictionary by Ivan Broz and Franjo Iveković was published in 1901. Two more significantly expanded and revised editions followed in 1994 and 1998, while the fourth edition, complete with a CD-ROM version, was published posthumously in 2003.
His two other major works are Pravopisni priručnik hrvatskoga jezika (first published as Pravopisni priručnik hrvatskoga ili srpskoga jezika in 1986), an orthographic manual coauthored with Josip Silić, and Rječnik stranih riječi (1999), a dictionary of loanwords in Croatian language, coauthored with Ivo Goldstein.
As a linguist, Vladimir Anić was a staunch descriptivist; he saw his dictionary as "not a book of best words, but a book of all words", and stressed the need for language creativity and freedom as a counterweight against purism.
- (Croatian) Vladimir Anić 1930.–2000.
- Anić, Vladimir (2003) (in Croatian). Veliki rječnik hrvatskoga jezika (4th edition ed.). Zagreb: Novi Liber. ISBN 953-6045-24-9.