Dashkova Centre

The construction of national unity through language ideology in contemporary Russia

Recent attempts to foster the national unity and patriotism in the Russian Federation show that the concept of a unified language is an important tool and symbol in the creation of the shared experience of belonging. Contemporary language ideological discourses emphasize the universalistic significance of the Russian language as a semiotic resource shared by all nationalities in the Russian Federation, and are also concerned about the need to treasure the purity of Russian. Moreover, the significance of the unified language transcends the geographical boundaries of Russia, and Russian is seen as the unifying feature of the ‘Russian world’, that is, a specific linguistic and cultural space consisting of Russian-speaking people and diasporas scattered around the globe.

While the Russian language and the ‘Russian world’ are seen as translocal phenomena, the paper will aim to show that contemporary language ideological discourses are characterized by a fluctuation between the local and global points of view.

The construction of national unity through language ideology in contemporary Russia

In this seminar Prof Lähteenmäki will discuss language ideological discourse in contemporary Russia and its role in the promotion of national unity.

Princess Dashkova Russian Centre
14 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh
EH8 9LN