Sociolinguistics in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova

Authored by: Victoria Gulida

The Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics Around the World

Print publication date:  November  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415422789
eBook ISBN: 9780203869659
Adobe ISBN: 9781135261054


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The four countries discussed in this chapter are all, to varying degrees, multiethnic and multilingual: Russia, with its 122 ethnic languages and a population of 150 million, Ukraine–8 languages and 53 million people, 4 million-strong Belarus with its 4 languages; and Moldova, with a population of 4 million speaking 8 languages between them. Like the other countries in the post-Soviet space, they have experienced dramatic social changes in the past 15 years.

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