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Language Ideologies and Multilingual Practices of Post-Soviet Migrants in Western Europe from a Translanguaging Perspective

Erzhen Khilkhanova    Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia    

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The main point of this paper is to describe, discuss and analyse multilingual practices of non-Russian migrants from the former Soviet Union from a translanguaging perspective uncovering language ideologies underpinning these practices. Using data collected through a 3-month linguistic ethnography supplemented by linguistic analysis of informal online communication, the Author found that fluid, translingual practices are generally not characteristic for the majority of well-educated post-Soviet migrants. Instead, we observe in the normative linguistic behaviour a lack of need or unwillingness to cross language boundaries and create hybrid linguistic forms.

Published
Dec. 20, 2021
Accepted
Oct. 25, 2021
Submitted
July 20, 2021
Language
EN

Keywords: Social network groupsCode mixingPost-Soviet migrantsWestern EuropeNon-Russian migrantsCode switchingMultilingualismLanguage ideologiesTranslanguaging

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