Language and Social Change: New Tendencies in the Russian Language
The French socio-linguist Rémi Camus enquires into the main features of early 21st century Russian political language, The philosopher Alexei Penzin writes about the language of the new Russian Left, made up of young people who were children or teenagers when the USSR collapsed. Five Russian poets - Miroslav Nemirov, Andrei Sen-Senkov, Sergei Malashonok, German Lukomnikov and Denis Yatsutko - who maintain weblogs reﬂ ect upon the ways in which that medium affects poetic language. By publishing their texts in blogs, they enter a unique dialogue with their readers, who effectively become co-authors. Kyiv-based philologist and journalist Mariya Kopylenko discusses the paradoxes of RussianUkrainian bilingualism. Her essay centres on the phenomenon of ‘semi-lingualism’. She sees this as a threat to Ukrainian society and its cultural self-awareness, which is lagging far behind its new-found political sovereignty. Gasan Guseinov is writing on the relations of language and violence.