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After Newspeak: Language Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin

Michael S. Gorham


This book presents a cultural history of the politics of Russian language from Gorbachev and glasnost to Putin and the emergence of new generations of Web technologies. The book begins from the premise that periods of rapid and radical change both shape and are shaped by language. It documents the role and fate of the Russian language in the collapse of the USSR and the decades of reform and national reconstruction that have followed. The book demonstrates the inextricable linkage of language and politics in everything from dictionaries of profanity to the flood of publications on linguistic s ... More

Keywords: Russian language, politics, linguistic self-help, speech patterns, glasnost, freedom of speech, Internet communication, new media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452628
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452628.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael S. Gorham, author
Associate Professor of Russian in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the University of Florida