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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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This book was prepared within the Programme for the Development of the Fields of Study at Charles University No. 10 Linguistics, sub-programme Language Management in Language Situations.

ISSN 1866-878X ISBN 978-3-631-66272-4 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-05437-8 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-05437-8

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