The Russian language in Belarus and Ukraine
The paper deals with the Russian language as a part of linguistic situation in Ukraine and Belarus and analyze it from the point of view of local linguistic variation on different levels. A separate issue discussed is the mixed Russian-Ukrainian resp. Belarusian code (resp. Surzhyk and Trasjanka).
This collection includes articles of the participants of the International conference “Language policy and language conflicts in contemporary world”, organized by the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences from 16–19 September, 2014 in Moscow with financial support of the Russian Humanitarian Science Foundation. The Conference became one of important scientific events of the Research Center on ethnic and language relations of the Institute of linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The problems touched upon by the authors include a wide range of questions which are bound up with language and society interaction, functioning of ethnic languages in modern conditions, analyses of concrete language situations, language policy, language legislation and language conflicts in Russia and other countries.
The paper presents a overview of Kalmyk language during 1950-1980 in context of Soviet language policy based on the interview and documents. The focus of this investigation is on the problem of influence the deportation had on the language situation in Kalmykia (using the materials of linguistic biographies of Kalmyks) and language attitudes in the society that suffered deportation.
The article is devoted to describing the current language and media situation in Kazakhstan. The author focuses on the status of the Russian language, Russian speaking and Russian mass media as soft power instruments of Russian foreign policy in the post-Soviet space. The national language and information policies aimed at limiting Russia's influence is also considered.
The author considers new tendencies in national languages development during globalization epoch, reveals the connection between socio-cultural and socio-linguistic changes and swift distribution of modern information technologies and pays special attention to the necessity of taking measures on languages protection from the destructive factors accompanying globalization process with the purpose of language variety preservation in the world and guaranteeing nations cultural traditions continuity.
Preface of editor
The article is the review of the scientific journal "Language Policy" of Springer publishing house that is especially interesting for scientists, students, experts and politicians working in the field of applied linguistics, language policy, sociolinguistics and language education.
The journal relies on Cooper's ideology [Cooper, 1989], adding a third key area (language education) to the traditional components of language policy (the form of the language and its status).
The history, ideology, subjects and research methods of the journal will be discussed in the review, paying a special attention to the key figures of the editorial board. Moreover, two short reviews of the most cited articles in the last three years will be provided, namely: "Thinking about language:what political theorists need to know about language in the real world" (Thomas Ricento) and "De-politicizing language:obstacles to political theory’s engagement with language policy" (Peter Ives).