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Sociolinguistic Transition in Former Eastern Bloc Countries

Two Decades after the Regime Change

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Edited By 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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Ekaterina Gruzdeva - Treasure Island at the turn of the millennium: The socioeconomic and sociolinguistic situation on Sakhalin, Russia

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Ekaterina Gruzdeva

Treasure Island at the turn of the millennium: The socioeconomic and sociolinguistic situation on Sakhalin, Russia

1 Sakhalin’s indigenous peoples and languages

Since the Stone Age, Sakhalin has been inhabited by several indigenous tribes. Starting from the 19th century, their number, composition and location have been repeatedly changing due to disputes and war conflicts between Russia and Japan and as a result of ethnic and regional policies pursued by the governments of these countries.

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