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Sociolinguistic Transition in Former Eastern Bloc Countries

Two Decades after the Regime Change


Marián Sloboda, Petteri Laihonen and Anastassia Zabrodskaja

This volume offers empirical perspectives on the current sociolinguistic situations in former Eastern Bloc countries. Its seventeen chapters analyse phenomena such as language choice, hierarchies and ideologies in multilingualism, language policies, minority languages in new legal, educational, business and migratory contexts, as well as the position of English in the region. The authors use various methodological approaches – including surveys, discourse analyses, descriptions and analyses of linguistic landscapes, and ethnography – in order to deal with sociolinguistic issues in eight countries and seven regions, from Brandenburg, Germany, in the West to Sakhalin, Russia, in the East.

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We would like to thank all our contributors for the tremendous efforts they put into writing and revising their chapters, and for reviewing chapters of their colleagues. We are grateful to Juliet Langman, Jiří Nekvapil, Josep Soler-Carbonell and Tamás Péter Szabó for their valuable advice and to Tamah Sherman and Matthew Wuethrich for polishing our English.

The book received funding from Charles University Research Development Programme no. 10 – Linguistics, the Faculty of Arts of Charles University, the Czech Science Foundation (grant no. GP14-08343P), and the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Jyväskylä.

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