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Языковая рефлексия в современной Беларуси сквозь призму комментариев в интернет-СМИ

The paper describes attitudes to the Belarusian language in modern Belarusian society examined through the prism of comments on news articles on the Web. Besides comments on the sociolinguistic news articles, comments on the articles that are neutral from the point of view of the content but are written in Belarusian are analyzed, where the language choice itself becomes a trigger for sociolinguistic discussions in the comments. Such an analysis allows for getting the information about attitudes to the language under bilingualism, which could previously be obtained only through polling. The paper shows that despite the criticism of the Belarusian language being absent from the media, the language conflict is twofold: the society expresses discontent with Belarusian as a whole as well as discontent with its certain aspects. In particular, people criticize both usage of Russian borrowings (real or supposed) and usage of made-up words that allegedly do not exist in Belarusian according to commentators.