Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in the Russian Federation and the European Union

Comparative Studies on Equality and Diversity

  • Heiko F. Marten
  • Michael Rießler
  • Janne Saarikivi
  • Reetta Toivanen

Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Languages, Identities and Human Rights

  3. Case Studies on Cultural Change and Minority Language Maintenance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Reetta Toivanen
      Pages 83-105
    3. Indrek Jääts
      Pages 107-126
    4. Natalia Kuznetsova, Elena Markus, Mehmet Muslimov
      Pages 127-167
    5. Lennard Sillanpää
      Pages 169-187
    6. Florian Siegl, Michael Rießler
      Pages 189-230
  4. Why Some Languages Survive. On Language Laws, Policies and Changing Attitudes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Ekaterina Gruzdeva
      Pages 233-252
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 335-340

About this book


This is the first comprehensive volume to compare the sociolinguistic situations of minorities in Russia and in Western Europe. As such, it provides insight into language policies, the ethnolinguistic vitality and the struggle for reversal of language shift, language revitalization and empowerment of minorities in Russia and the European Union. The volume shows that, even though largely unknown to a broader English-reading audience, the linguistic composition of Russia is by no means less diverse than multilingualism in the EU. It is therefore a valuable introduction into the historical backgrounds and current linguistic, social and legal affairs with regard to Russia’s manifold ethnic and linguistic minorities, mirrored on the discussion of recent issues in a number of well-known Western European minority situations.


Aboriginal culture in Northern Russia Basque language Finnic minorities of Ingria Frisian Global biodiversity in the early 21st century Global extinction of languages Languages in the Russian Federation Latgalian Linguistic Rights of National Groups Minority languages and cultures Scottish Gaelic Sociolinguistic ethnolinguistic variation Sorbian languages in Germany Sámi languages in Finland languages in Mari El languages in Udmurtia linguistic and cultural diversity minority language speakers revitalization of endangered languages saami languages

Editors and affiliations

  • Heiko F. Marten
    • 1
  • Michael Rießler
    • 2
  • Janne Saarikivi
    • 3
  • Reetta Toivanen
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of GermanTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia
  2. 2.Department of Scandinavian StudiesUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Helsinki Collegium for Advanced StudiesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.The Erik Castrén InstituteUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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