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  1. renee.deboo, Language Policy in the Soviet Union: Grenoble

Message 1: Language Policy in the Soviet Union: Grenoble

Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2003 03:31:00 +0000
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Subject: Language Policy in the Soviet Union: Grenoble

Title: Language Policy in the Soviet Union
Series Title: Language Policy
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers,		 
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Author: Lenore A. Grenoble, Darthmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA 

Hardback: ISBN: 1402012985, Pages: 248, Price: EUR 95 / USD 95 / GBP

The former Soviet Union provides one of the most interesting examples
of a nation state's deliberate use of language policy to further its
political goals. Language Policy in the Soviet Union provides a
comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the development of this
policy at both national and local levels. It is meant for linguists,
policy makers, and specialists on the USSR and Eastern Europe.

The book is organized in such a way that it can be read in its
entirety or selectively, with an introduction to the USSR and its
ethnolinguistic makeup, followed by a chronology of Soviet language
policy and its general development. Subsequent chapters are organized
regionally, with surveys of the geographic and ethnolinguistic regions
of the Soviet Union and a discussion of language policy and its impact
in each of them.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction. 1. Organization of the Soviet State. 2. The
 Linguistic Map of the Soviet Union. 3. Ethnic Composition of the
 USSR. 4. Analyzing the Soviet Union.
2: An Overview of Soviet Language Policy. 1. The Early Soviet
 Years. 2. Constructing Nationalities. 3. The Nationalities
 Question. 4. The Literacy Campaign. 5. Language Policy under
 Stalin, 1930 1950. 6. Language Policy after World War
 II. 7. Brezhnev and the 1970s. 8. Language and
 Education. 9. Perestroika.
3: The Slavic Republics and Moldova. 1. The Russian Soviet Federate
 Socialist Republic. 2. The Ukrainian SSR. 3. The Belorussian
 SSR. 4. The Moldavian SSR. 5. The Backlash of Reform.
4: The Baltic States. 1. Introduction to the Baltics. 2. The Estonian
 SSR. 3. The Latvian SSR. 4. The Lithuanian SSR. 5. Reform and
5: The Caucasus. 1. Overview of the Caucasus. 2. The Georgian
 SSR. 3. The Armenian SSR. 4. The Azerbaijan SSR. 5. The North
 Caucasus. 6. Summary View of the Caucasus.
6: Central Asia. 1. Overview of Central Asia. 2. Turkestan. 3. The
 Uzbek SSR. 4. Central Asia Prior to World War II. 5. Central Asia
 after Stalin. 6. Language Reform.
7: The North. 1. Languages of the North. 2. The Literacy Campaign in
 the North. 3. Small Languages of the North. 4. Language
 Development. 5. The "Large" Minorities. 6. Language Endangerment.
8: The Impact of Soviet Language Policy. 1. Language
 Shift. 2. Shifting Demographics. 3. The New "Nativization"
 Movements. 4. Conclusion. Appendix: Works Consulted. Language
 Index. Subject Index. Map of the Soviet Union, 1980.

Lingfield(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Russian (Language code: RUS)

Areal Regions: Balkans

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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