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Fri Sep 11 2015

Books: French and Russian in Imperial Russia: Volume 1: Offord, Ryazanova-Clarke, Rjeoutski, Argent (eds.)

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Title: French and Russian in Imperial Russia: Volume 1
Subtitle: Language Use among the Russian Elite
Series Title: Russian Language and Society
Published: 2015
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

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Editor: Derek Offord
Editor: Lara Ryazanova-Clarke
Editor: Vladislav Rjeoutski
Editor: Gesine Argent
Hardback: ISBN: 9780748695515 Pages: 225 Price: U.K. £ 75

Examines the functions of French in various spheres, domains and genres
This is the first of two companion volumes which examine language use and language attitudes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russia, focusing on the transitional period from the Enlightenment to the age of Pushkin. Set against the background of the rapid transformation of Russia into a major European power, the two volumes of French and Russian in Imperial Russia consider the functions of multilingualism and the use of French as a prestige language among the elite, as well as the benefits of Franco-Russian bilingualism and the anxieties to which it gave rise.

This first volume, Language Use among the Russian Elite, provides insight into the development of the practice of speaking and writing French at the Russian court and among the Russian nobility from the mid-eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. It examines linguistic practice, the use of French in Russia in various spheres, domains and genres, as well as the interplay between the two languages. Including examples of French lexical influence on Russian, this volume takes a sociolinguistic interest in language choice, code-switching and the degree to which the language community being observed was bilingual or diglossic.

A comprehensive and original contribution to the multidisciplinary study of language, the two volumes address, from a historical viewpoint, subjects of relevance to sociolinguists (especially bilingualism and multilingualism), social and cultural historians (social and national identity, linguistic and cultural borrowing), Slavists (the relationship of Russian and western culture) and students of the European Enlightenment, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism and cultural nationalism.

*Deepens our understanding of the process by which Russia was integrated into the mainstream of modern European civilisation
*Contributes to knowledge of the development of national self-consciousness in Russia
*Extends awareness of the importance of francophonie in European culture, especially during the age of the Enlightenment and the Romantic age
*Provides an in depth example of the social and cultural effects of major language contact
*Introduces readers to the discussion of the positive and negative effects of bilingualism or multilingualism and biculturalism or multiculturalism

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): French (fra)
                            Russian (rus)

Written In: English (eng)

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