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dc.contributor.authorKamusella, Tomasz Dominik
dc.identifier.citationKamusella , T D 2018 , ' Russian : a monocentric or pluricentric language? ' , Colloquia Humanistica , vol. 7 , pp. 153-196 .
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-3484-8352/work/51943799
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dc.description.abstractAll the world’s ‘big’ languages of international communication (for instance, English, French or Spanish) are pluricentric in their character, meaning that official varieties of these languages are standardized differently in those states where the aforesaid languages are in official use. The only exception to this tendency is Russian. Despite the fact that Russian is employed in an official capacity in numerous post-Soviet states and in Israel, it is still construed as a monocentric language whose single and unified standard is (and must be) solely controlled by Russia. From the perspective of sovereignty, this arrangement affords Moscow a degree of influence and even control over culture and language use in the countries where Russian is official. This fact was consciously noticed and evoked some heated discussions in Ukraine after the Russian annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea in 2014. However, thus far, the discussions have not translated into any official recognition of (let alone encouragement for) state specific varieties of the Russian language.
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dc.rights© The Author, 2018. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 PL License (, which permits redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, provided that the article is properly cited.en
dc.subjectRussian languageen
dc.subjectRussian world ideologyen
dc.subjectPluricentric languagesen
dc.subjectLanguage politicsen
dc.subjectLinguistic imperialismen
dc.subjectPost-Soviet studiesen
dc.subjectLanguage classificationen
dc.subjectMonocentric languagesen
dc.subjectNational varieties of languagesen
dc.subjectState specific varieties of languagesen
dc.subjectHybrid waren
dc.subjectNon-Russian Russophonesen
dc.subjectRussophone statesen
dc.subjectRusso-Ukrainian waren
dc.subjectState varieties of Russianen
dc.subjectP Language and Literatureen
dc.titleRussian : a monocentric or pluricentric language?en
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Historyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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