[lg policy] bibitem: Borderlanguage: Language Policy, Ideology and Identity in Ukraine

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 28 14:14:03 UTC 2010

Borderlanguage: Language Policy, Ideology and Identity in Ukraine
Creators:  Vdovichenko, Susan

Issue Date:  May-2010

Abstract:  Language and identity are inextricably intertwined, and
language policy directly impacts people's lives for more than just
communication. In Ukraine, after nearly a century of widely varying
linguistic policies and customs, Ukrainian was declared the sole
official language in 1991. Almost two decades later, language issues
remain critical in politics, perhaps because of the link between
language and identity, and complicated by linguistic ideology. In part
because of its early history, Ukrainian had been perceived by many as
only suitable for village use and regarded as substandard. However,
Ukrainian is now the only official language of education and
government. This transition has been difficult for some, particularly
those who may feel that their identity as Russian-speakers is being
attacked; in many parts of Ukraine, negative stereotypes about
Ukrainian and its speakers remain.

At the same time, a strong connection has been forged between the
Ukrainian language, Ukrainian culture, and national pride, and
attitudes toward Ukrainian by Russian speakers are changing.
Preliminary online research showed that underlying negative attitudes
towards Ukrainian permeate many circles, and this paper looks at the
results of surveys and interviews conducted by the author in
Simferopol, Kherson, Kyiv, and Kharkiv, Ukraine, to tease out
stereotypes, examine speaker correlations, and better understand the
changing situation. Specifically, data is analyzed for types of
stereotypes that persist, and how these stereotypes play across age
and geographical region. Motivations for such stereotypes are
explored, and connections between language policy, identity, language
ideology, and language attitudes are sought out. Determining how, why,
and for whom the linguistic transition is the most difficult helps to
shed light on what factors influence successful language policy
implementation, as well as how language ideology affects the lives of
Ukrainians today.

Description:  Humanities: 2nd Place (The Ohio State University Edward
F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum)
URI:  http://hdl.handle.net/1811/45416
Appears in Collections: 24th Hayes Graduate Research Forum (May, 2010)

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