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Media: Minority Languages of Russia in Flux

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Media Body: Russia has traditionally always been a multilingual state but to what extent
the government supports or discourages use of minority languages has
varied. This article describes the successes and failures of some cases of
minority language education, employment, and preservation.

Read more: http://souciant.com/2012/04/a-reluctant-babel/
Issue Number: 23.2338
Date Posted: April 21, 2012

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