Ukrainian and Belorussian — a testing ground

  • James Dingley


The two languages here under investigation provide valuable insights into the operation of language planning policies in the context of nationalities policy in general within a state that, from its very inception in 1917, showed increasingly centralist tendencies. Moreover, the two languages are spoken by nations whose very existence had been strenuously denied throughout the preceding century; the efforts of Ukrainians and Belorussians to establish modern literary languages that could be used in all spheres of life is therefore a process that can shed light on many aspects of the way in which national self-awareness grows.


Language Policy Literary Language Soviet Republic Nationality Policy Latin Script 
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