The Evolution in Language Ideology of Post-Soviet Russia: The Fate of State Languages of Its National Republics

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Abstract

This article explores the evolution of ideas around language in the politics of post-Soviet Russia in order to understand why the state languages occupy such a special position in its public discourse. For this purpose, the chapter examines policy documents and legal acts. Russian legislation on language is not quite explicit on the ideas that lie behind the goals of the country’s language policy. The analysis demonstrates that in the early 1990s, the status planning of Russian and the titular languages of Russia’s national republics raised some legal and political problems. Among the problematic issues is the controversy between the official status of the state languages and the idea of the equality of Russia’s languages. In recent years, a new turn in the official ideology has led to an emphasis on valorizing Russian as the state language of the entire country, and the new political landscape problematizes the status of the state languages of the republics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural and Linguistic Minorities in the Russian Federation and the European Union
EditorsHeiko Marten, Michael Riessler, Janne Saarikivi, Reetta Toivanen
Number of pages35
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2015
Pages279-313
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-10454-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-10455-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameComparative Studies on Equality and Diversity Series: Multilingual Education
PublisherSpringer
Volume13
ISSN (Print)2213-3208
ISSN (Electronic)2213-3216

Fields of Science

  • 513 Law
  • language legislation
  • state languages
  • National Republics
  • Russian Federation
  • 517 Political science
  • language policy
  • language ideology

Cite this

Zamyatin, K. (2015). The Evolution in Language Ideology of Post-Soviet Russia: The Fate of State Languages of Its National Republics. In H. Marten, M. Riessler, J. Saarikivi, & R. Toivanen (Eds.), Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in the Russian Federation and the European Union (pp. 279-313). (Comparative Studies on Equality and Diversity Series: Multilingual Education; Vol. 13). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10455-3_11
Zamyatin, Konsta. / The Evolution in Language Ideology of Post-Soviet Russia : The Fate of State Languages of Its National Republics. Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in the Russian Federation and the European Union. editor / Heiko Marten ; Michael Riessler ; Janne Saarikivi ; Reetta Toivanen. Cham : Springer, 2015. pp. 279-313 (Comparative Studies on Equality and Diversity Series: Multilingual Education).
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Zamyatin, K 2015, The Evolution in Language Ideology of Post-Soviet Russia: The Fate of State Languages of Its National Republics. in H Marten, M Riessler, J Saarikivi & R Toivanen (eds), Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in the Russian Federation and the European Union. Comparative Studies on Equality and Diversity Series: Multilingual Education, vol. 13, Springer, Cham, pp. 279-313. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10455-3_11

The Evolution in Language Ideology of Post-Soviet Russia : The Fate of State Languages of Its National Republics. / Zamyatin, Konsta.

Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in the Russian Federation and the European Union. ed. / Heiko Marten; Michael Riessler; Janne Saarikivi; Reetta Toivanen. Cham : Springer, 2015. p. 279-313 (Comparative Studies on Equality and Diversity Series: Multilingual Education; Vol. 13).

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Zamyatin K. The Evolution in Language Ideology of Post-Soviet Russia: The Fate of State Languages of Its National Republics. In Marten H, Riessler M, Saarikivi J, Toivanen R, editors, Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in the Russian Federation and the European Union. Cham: Springer. 2015. p. 279-313. (Comparative Studies on Equality and Diversity Series: Multilingual Education). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10455-3_11