Language Policy in Russia: Nation, Nationalism, and Language

  • Joan F. Chevalier


Examines language planning activities in Russia in the context of the relationship between Russia’s inherent linguistic diversity and the notions of national identity and nationhood. The examination’s focus is on shifts that have taken place in language policy in the Russian Federation since the early 1990s—notably, the shift “away from [the 1990s] efforts to strengthen multilingual and multicultural education to reasserting the importance of the Russian language in education” and the increased stress, since 2005, on “legislative attempts to purify the Russian language, banning the use of obscenity in the public sphere, and regulating the use of foreign lexicon.”


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  • Joan F. Chevalier
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  1. 1.Department of Languages and CulturesUnited States Naval AcademyAnnapolisUSA

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