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The Prospect of the Russian Language in Georgia. Insights from the Educated Youth

Daniele Artoni    Università degli Studi di Verona, Italia    

Sabrina Longo    Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italia    

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abstract

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the status of the Russian language in the new-born Republics became a central issue. In the Southern Caucasus, all the Constitutions promulgated by the three Republics opted for ethnocentric language policies that accepted the titular language as the only State Language. However, the role of the Russian language as a lingua franca remained crucial for international communication and everyday interaction. It followed that it continued to play an important role also in education. The present study focuses on Georgia, where a strong derussification policy has taken place in the last decades and aims at understanding to what extent the use of Russian among the young generations has contracted. In particular, we present an analysis conducted on data collected via (i) a survey for young people consisting of questions on their sociolinguistic background and a proficiency test in Russian, and (ii) semi-structured interviews for teachers of Russian and English as Foreign Languages on the research topics.

Published
Oct. 22, 2020
Accepted
June 29, 2020
Submitted
May 2, 2020
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-454-7
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-453-0

Keywords: Russian FLGeorgiaSociolinguisticsLanguage policyDerussification

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