ERIC Number: ED345486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Soviet Language Planning and the Linguistic Assimilation of Non-Russian Ethnic Groups in the USSR.
Proctor, Claude O., Jr.
Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, v1 n1 p41-54 Spr 1988
The research in this paper was motivated by continuing Soviet claims that the country's language problems have been solved. First, the nature of Soviet nationality policy is reviewed, and then available evidence and the question of linguistic and cultural assimilation of the non-ethnic Russian minorities through Russian language and culture are examined. Various terminology such as "language planning,""politics of language" and "language policy" are discussed. The problem of assimilation is addressed in the context of both demography and language, and the evidence of linguistic domination by the Russian language is demonstrated. It is concluded that because language and culture are inseparable and linguistic assimilation is a reliable precursor of cultural assimilation, there is considerable evidence that the small nationality groups have been assimilated by the Russian language and culture. Although the Soviet Union disclaims an official policy of "Russification," its language policy of gradual "sblizenie" of the non-ethnic Russian minorities has all the appearances of linguistic and cultural assimilation. Contains 22 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Russian Speaking; USSR
Note: For the journal as a whole, see FL 019 498.