Planned Language Change in Russian since 1917

  title={Planned Language Change in Russian since 1917},
  author={Wolf Moskovich},
The role of Russian as an amalgamating factor in uniting the nationalities within the Soviet state has been the centrepiece of Soviet language policy since the creation of the USSR. The ‘pendulum’ model of Soviet language policy, which regards it as continuously swinging between centrifugal and centripetal tendencies (Lewis 1972: 67, 87; Pool 1976: 425–6) reflects only one of its aspects, whereas its essence may be better explained by a‘gyrocompass’ model, with the language status planning of… CONTINUE READING

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