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Multilingualism in the Baltic States

Societal Discourses and Contact Phenomena

Editors: Lazdina, Sanita, Marten, Heiko F. (Eds.)

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  • Presents an overview of contemporary research on languages, discourses and multilingualism in the Baltic states
  • Analyses revealing case studies of language contact in post-Soviet contexts
  • Provides fresh insights into social issues and conflicts at the Eastern border of the EU
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This edited collection provides an overview of linguistic diversity, societal discourses and interaction between majorities and minorities in the Baltic States. It presents a wide range of methods and research paradigms including folk linguistics, discourse analysis, narrative analyses, code alternation, ethnographic observations, language learning motivation, languages in education and language acquisition. Grouped thematically, its chapters examine regional varieties and minority languages (Latgalian, Võro, urban dialects in Lithuania, Polish in Lithuania); the integration of the Russian language and its speakers; and the role of international languages like English in Baltic societies. The editors’ introductory and concluding chapters provide a comparative perspective that situates these issues within the particular history of the region and broader debates on language and nationalism at a time of both increased globalization and ethno-regionalism. This book will appeal in particular to students and scholars of multilingualism, sociolinguistics, language discourses and language policy, and provide a valuable resource for researchers focusing on Baltic States, Northern Europe and the post-Soviet world in the related fields of history, political science, sociology and anthropology. 

About the authors

Sanita Lazdiņa is Professor in Applied Linguistics at Rēzekne Academy of Technologies, Latvia. Her research interests include language and educational policies, multilingualism in the Baltics, linguistic landscapes, Latgalian, and folk linguistics. She is the editor of several publications on language acquisition, bilingual education and CLIL in Latvia.
Heiko F. Marten is Director of the DAAD Information Centre Riga and Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Latvia and Rēzekne Academy of Technologies, Latvia. His research focuses on language policy, linguistic landscapes, language learning motivation, minorities and discourses on language. He is the author of Sprachenpolitik: Eine Einführung (2016) and co-editor of Minority Languages in the Linguistic Landscape (2012, with Durk Gorter and Luk Van Mensel).

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Multilingualism, Language Contact and Majority–Minority Relations in Contemporary Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

    Pages 1-25

    Lazdiņa, Sanita (et al.)

  • Language Policy, External Political Pressure and Internal Linguistic Change: The Particularity of the Baltic Case

    Pages 29-55

    Ozolins, Uldis

  • Latgalian in Latvia: Layperson Regards to Status and Processes of Revitalization

    Pages 59-88

    Lazdiņa, Sanita

  • Contested Counting? What the Census and Schools Reveal About Võro in Southeastern Estonia

    Pages 89-121

    Brown, Kara D. (et al.)

  • Regional Dialects in the Lithuanian Urban Space: Skills, Practices and Attitudes

    Pages 123-152

    Ramonienė, Meilutė

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Multilingualism in the Baltic States
Book Subtitle
Societal Discourses and Contact Phenomena
Editors
  • Sanita Lazdina
  • Heiko F. Marten
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56914-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56914-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56913-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 515
Number of Illustrations
41 b/w illustrations
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