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By Derek Offord

this can be the 1st of 2 spouse volumes which study language use and language attitudes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russia, targeting the transitional interval from the Enlightenment to the age of Pushkin. Set opposed to the history of the speedy transformation of Russia right into a significant eu strength, the 2 volumes of French and Russian in Imperial Russia think of the capabilities of multilingualism and using French as a status language one of the elite, in addition to some great benefits of Franco-Russian bilingualism and the anxieties to which it gave upward push.

This first quantity, Language Use one of the Russian Elite, presents perception into the improvement of the perform of conversing and writing French on the Russian court docket and one of the Russian the Aristocracy from the mid-eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. It examines linguistic perform, using French in Russia in quite a few spheres, domain names and genres, in addition to the interaction among the 2 languages. together with examples of French lexical impression on Russian, this quantity takes a sociolinguistic curiosity in language selection, code-switching and the measure to which the language group being saw used to be bilingual or diglossic.

A accomplished and unique contribution to the multidisciplinary examine of language, the 2 volumes deal with, from a old perspective, topics of relevance to sociolinguists (especially bilingualism and multilingualism), social and cultural historians (social and nationwide identification, linguistic and cultural borrowing), Slavists (the dating of Russian and western tradition) and scholars of the ecu Enlightenment, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism and cultural nationalism.

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