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Pluricentric Languages: New Perspectives in Theory and Description

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Edited By Rudolf Muhr and Dawn Marley

This volume presents a selection of papers from the «3 rd International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages» that was held in 2014 at the University of Surrey, Guildford (UK). The papers in section one deal with the theoretical aspects of pluricentricity and methods of description of the variations in pluricentric languages. Section two contains a number of papers about «new» pluricentric languages and «new» non-dominant varieties that have not been described before. Section three showcases pluricentric languages that are used alongside indigenous languages and section four deals with the pluricentricity of special languages.
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A variety in formation? Morphosyntactic variation in Ukraine-Russian speech and press

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Salvatore Del Gaudio and Olga Ivanova*

(University of Kyiv T. Ševčenko, Ukraine/University of Salamanca, Spain)sadega@hotmail.com/olga.ivanova@usal.es

Abstract: This paper presents some results of our research on morphosyntactic variation in Ukrainian Russian. We argue that the current sociolinguistic situation in Ukraine, primarily marked by Ukrainian-Russian bilingualism, is influencing the grammatical variation of this NDV in formation. This aspect is particularly important, as the continuous contact of Ukrainian with Russian is one of the factors determining the emergence of morphosyntactic variables in the NDV of Russian in Ukraine.

We base our analysis of morphosyntactic variation in U-Russian on empirical data from a corpus of spontaneous Russian speech and a corpus of Russian press of Ukraine. Our findings support the necessity to differentiate U-Russian as a language variety with specific features on all levels. Although phonetic and lexical features are the most salient, it is possible to observe some trends in grammatical variation in this non-dominant variety in formation.

The present contribution intends to continue a series of articles dedicated to the variety of Russian used in Ukraine. The latter was previously classified as a non-dominant variety of a pluricentric language with an unclear, evolving status. Concepts such as pluricentric languages (pluricentricity), non-dominant varieties, Ukrainian-Russian, Post-Soviet Russian, regional and national varieties etc., will not be explicitly dealt with in this article, since they were the object of our discussion in previous papers on related topics1.

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