Lost for Words: Effects of Soviet Language Policies on the Self-Identification of Buryats in Post-Soviet Buryatia

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Lost for Words: Effects of Soviet Language Policies on the Self-Identification of Buryats in Post-Soviet Buryatia

Type: Master thesis
Title: Lost for Words: Effects of Soviet Language Policies on the Self-Identification of Buryats in Post-Soviet Buryatia
Author: Mikulcova, Maria
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Buryats
identity
Soviet policies
language loss
Buryat language
Abstract: Throughout the Soviet rule Buryats have been subjected to interventionist legislation that affected not only their daily lives but also the internal cohesion of the Buryat group as a collective itself. As a result of these measures many Buryats today claim that they feel a certain degree of disconnection with their own ethnic self-perception. This ethnic estrangement appears to be partially caused by many people’s inability to speak and understand the Buryat language, thus obstructing their connection to ancient traditions, knowledge and history. This work will investigate the extent to which Soviet linguistic policies have contributed to the disconnection of Buryats with their own language and offer possible effects of ethnic language loss on the self-perception of modern day Buryats.
Supervisor: Stapert, Eugénie
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Russian end Eurasian Studies
Specialisation: MA Russian and Eurasian Studies
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52166
 

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