A variety in formation? Morphosyntactic variation in Ukraine-Russian speech and press
Salvatore Del Gaudio and Olga Ivanova*
(University of Kyiv T. Ševčenko, Ukraine/University of Salamanca, Spain)firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com
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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