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Negotiating Linguistic, Cultural and Social Identities in the Post-Soviet World

Edited By Sarah Smyth and Conny Opitz

In this volume, researchers in the fields of language in society, sociolinguistics, language politics, diaspora and identity studies explore the contacts between languages and cultures in the post-Soviet world. The book presents a range of perspectives on the effects of migration and of re-drawing of borders among groups and individuals for whom the Russian language has had an instrumental or symbolic prominence. How do recent geopolitical shifts impact on the policies and practices of newly independent states? How have communities and individuals come to redefine their own identities and core values? How does a cultural context in which the power relations between cultural and linguistic groups have been reversed or recalibrated affect the attitudes of each group? How does the potential for transnational identities impact on the interplay between diasporic and homeland communities? How does migration influence linguistic and parenting practices? This collection of fers answers to these and many other questions through case studies from eleven regions in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.


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Ekaterina Bagreeva is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economic Security and Criminal Law at the Plekhanov University of Economics, Moscow. She lectures in juridical psychology, cross-cultural communication and cultural adaptation. She also works in Norway as a lec- turer and consultant. Her research interests include Russian and Norwegian auto- and hetero-stereotypes, Russian-speaking diasporas in Europe and migrants’ adaptation strategies. Baurzhan Bokayev works as adviser to the Vice-Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. He is also a doctoral research student in the LN Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan. Arie Cohen is Associate Professor in the School of Education at Bar- Ilan University, Israel. He teaches courses on gestalt, cognitive and family therapies; in addition, he teaches statistics and thesis courses for PhD students. His many publications include works on depression, personality and a wide spectrum of subjects using facet theory. Jasmine Dum-Tragut works in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Salzburg and the Department of Armenian Studies at the Mayr-Melnhof Institute for Eastern Christian Studies, Salzburg. She pub- lishes on Armenian studies and general linguistics. Her research focuses on linguistic minority groups, endangered languages, ethnolinguistics and L2 language pedagogy. In Armenian studies, she researches Modern Armenian grammar and dialects, Armenian sociolinguistics, ethnic minorities in Armenia and language policy. 304 Notes on Contributors Martin Ehala is Professor at the University of Tartu in Estonia. His main research interests are the development of the Estonian linguistic environment, language maintenance and ethnolinguistic vitality. He has also published extensively on topics...

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