Williams, Christopher (2013) From a restricted to full linguistic space: an ‘affirmative action’ strategy for the Udmurt language. Pragmatics and Society, 4 (2). pp. 221-239. ISSN 1878-9722
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This study analyzes the long-term reasons why Udmurt occupies a restricted linguistic space in the post-Soviet state – the low status of Udmurt, due to Soviet language and other policies; urbanization; population shifts; myths and stereotypes about Udmurts; making Russian compulsory after 1938 – and the consequences of this for the fate of the Udmurt language today (relatively few native speakers). The central argument is that Udmurts have not overcome the Stalinist legacy, which led to the reversal of Lenin’s ‘affirmative action’ policy on non-Russian languages. This stems from the failure of the elites in the Udmurt Republic to pursue an ethnic mobilization strategy to promote the Udmurt language in contemporary Russia. Drawing upon language planning and ethnic policy elsewhere in Russia (Tatarstan) and in the UK (Wales), this article outlines ways to raise the status of Udmurt without generating inter-ethnic conflict, thereby creating a ‘space for all’.
|Additional Information:||Space for all?: Perspectives on minority language and identity across the European continent. Pragmatics and Society Special Issue|
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Tatarstan; Stalin; Lenin; Udmurtia; Russia; ethnic mobilization; language shift; linguistic landscape; Wales|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain|
|Schools:||College of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies > Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching|
|Deposited By:||Malgosia Bagot|
|Deposited On:||18 May 2012 13:10|
|Last Modified:||07 Jan 2016 09:30|
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