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Title: Russian Diaspora
Subtitle: Culture, Identity, and Language Change
Written By: Ludmila Isurin
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9781934078440-1
Series Title: Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL] 99
Description:

This book offers an interdisciplinary perspective on one of the largest
immigrant groups in the West. Most of the extant books on the subject of
Russian immigration are written from a sociological or socio-linguistic
perspective. They are focused on strictly Jewish immigration or cast the
immigrant community as "Russian," ignoring the reality of two distinct ethnic
groups. In addition, none of the extant literature or books is based on an
empirical, controlled-study of a numerically large group of immigrants. Finally,
few if any published monographs make use of qualitative as well as
quantitative methods of analysis or the same theoretical framework to explore
changes in culture, identity, and language.

The proposed book has several features distinguishing it from the currently
available scholarship. "Russian Diaspora" examines two distinct ethnic
groups, relies on empirical data based on sizable groups in three countries,
and looks into three elements of acculturation (culture, identity, and
language). Of the 214 people who participated in the present study, 174 are
Russian immigrants who had resided in the United States, Germany, and
Israel between ten and thirty years. In addition to offering a combination of
quantitative and qualitative analyses, the book adopts sociological, socio-
linguistic and psycho-linguistic methods of analysis.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Psycholinguistics
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Generative Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Russian
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781934078457
Pages: 234
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ISBN-13: 9781934078440
Pages: 234
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95