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Language of the lost Russian region in the historical context of Russian expansion eastward

Bergelson M., Kibrik A. A., Raskladkina M.

The paper presents firsts results of the pilot fieldwork of the Russian language of one group of East Siberian old-settlers in the context of their ethnic and cultural history and their role in Russian expansion eastward, including to Alaska in 18th -19th centuries. From one perspective, regional features of the old-settlers’ Russian testify to the cultural and historical processes that had involved various groups of Russian-speaking population of the East Siberia. From another perspective, these linguistic materials are compared to the data on Russian language in Alaska, which, supposedly, will help to clarify the processes that shaped Russian linguistic and cultural heritage of the only overseas Russian region.