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Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 6 15:35:13 UTC 2013

"Endurance of the Soviet Imperial Tongue: The Russian Language in
Contemporary Georgia"

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From: Fierman, William <wfierman at indiana.edu>
Date: Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM
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To: Harold Schiffman <haroldfs at gmail.com>

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*From:* Talin Lindsay [mailto:talinlindsay at yahoo.com]
*Sent:* Tuesday, February 05, 2013 3:05 PM
*To:* Talin Lindsay
*Subject:* WiP: "Endurance of the Soviet Imperial Tongue: The Russian
Language in Contemporary Georgia"****

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CRRC, American Councils and ARISC are proud to present the 2nd talk of the
Works-in-Progress Series for the Spring 2013 Season!

Timothy Blauvelt
"Endurance of the Soviet Imperial Tongue: The Russian Language in
Contemporary Georgia"

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 6:15pm
ISET/CRRC Georgia, Zandukeli St. 16, Tbilisi, GEORGIA

A summary of the author’s forthcoming article in Central Asian Survey, this
project examines the role of the Russian language on the periphery of the
post-Soviet space using multiple sources of data, including original
matched-guise experiments, to examine the language situation in
contemporary Georgia. Among the former Soviet republics, Georgia is one in
which the use of the titular language was most intensively
institutionalized and that most ardently resisted Russification, and one
that today for various reasons has been most eager to escape the legacy of
its Soviet past and to embed itself in the global community. In Georgia the
cultural and political influence of the former imperial center has been
greatly reduced, and Russian has been challenged in functional roles by the
new international lingua franca of English. The direction that the Russian
language takes in a place like Georgia may be a useful bellwether for such
transformations elsewhere in the post-Soviet periphery.

Timothy Blauvelt is Country Director in Georgia for American Councils for
International Education: ACTR/ACCELS and is also Associate Professor of
Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies at Ilia State University.

For more information, please see www.arisc.org or


W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia,
that takes place at the International School of Economics (ISET) building
(16 Zandukeli Street). It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource
Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education:
ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus
(ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.

The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive
criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining
the Caucasus region.****

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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