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Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
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Multilingualism in Post-Soviet Countries: Pavlenko (Ed)

Published: 2008
Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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Editor: Aneta Pavlenko

The dissolution of the USSR has created conditions for a unique
sociolinguistic experiment, in which fourteen countries, previously united
by the same language and political system, engaged in a nation-building
process, creating new linguistic regimes. Two decades later, how did these
countries fare in their struggle to initiate a shift from Russian to the
titular languages? Which ones succeeded and which ones restored Russian as
an official language? How did they go about articulating the rights of
linguistic minorities? Did Russian give way to the new lingua franca,
English? This collection offers answers to these and many other questions
through detailed analyses of language and education policies and practices
in post-Soviet countries.
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