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ERIC Number: EJ1139715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1367-0050
From Commodification to Weaponization: The Russian Language as "Pride" and "Profit" in Russia's Transnational Discourses
Ryazanova-Clarke, Lara
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v20 n4 p443-456 2017
The article expands the debate about the interaction and conflict of linguistic commodification with other values attached to a language. It interrogates Russian dominant discourse produced between 2010 and 2015, focusing on how it attributes the values of "pride" and "profit" to the Russian language in three transnational contexts: the narrative of "compatriots" outside Russia, the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. It argues that the discursive construction of Russian as a means for material advancement is constantly intertwined with manufacturing the transnational semantics of belonging to Russia (the transnational "pride"). This is often overlaid with the instrumental value-attribution for Russian for establishing and perpetuating power relations, exerting control and, finally, warmongering.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Russia; Ukraine
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