The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Borders

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Tomasz Kamusella, Motoki Nomachi, Catherine Gibson
Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 30, 2015 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 528 pages
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Languages are artefacts of culture, meaning they are created by people. They are often used for identity building and maintenance, but in Central and Eastern Europe they became the basis of nation building and national statehood maintenance. The recent split of the Serbo-Croatian language in the wake of the break-up of Yugoslavia amply illustrates the highly politicized role of languages in this region, which is also home to most of the world's Slavic-speakers. This volume presents and analyzes the creation of languages across the Slavophone areas of the world and their deployment for political projects and identity building, mainly after 1989. The overview concludes with a reflection on the recent rise of Slavophone speech communities in Western Europe and Israel. The book brings together renowned international scholars who offer a variety of perspectives from a number of disciplines and sub-fields such as sociolinguistics, socio-political history and language policy, making this book of great interest to historians, sociologists, political scientists and anthropologists interested in Central and Eastern Europe and Slavic Studies.


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Mixing Languages and Identities in the Ukrainian
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Identity Problems of the Gorani in Eastern Albania and Kosovo
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Where Borderless and Bordered
The Russian Language in Israel
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Tomasz Kamusella is Reader in Modern History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His monographs include Silesia and Central European Nationalisms: The Emergence of National and Ethnic Groups in Prussian Silesia and Austrian Silesia, 1848-1918 (2007) and The Politics of Language and Nationalisms in Modern Central Europe (2009).

Motoki Nomachi is Associate Professor in the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. He wrote and edited The Grammar of Possessivity in South Slavic: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives (2011), Slavia Islamica: Language, Religion and Identity (2011, with Robert Greenberg) and Grammaticalization and Lexicalization in the Slavic Languages (2014, with Andrii Danylenko and Predrag Piper).

Catherine Gibson is a doctoral researcher at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, where her research focuses on the history of ethnographic cartography in the northwest Russian Empire. She has also published several articles on language politics in Latvia.

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