Negotiating Public Space: The Post-Soviet Linguistic Landscape in Kazakhstan

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620445
Title:
Negotiating Public Space: The Post-Soviet Linguistic Landscape in Kazakhstan
Authors:
Moore, Irina
Abstract:
The purpose of this article is to understand the extent to which language practices coincide with official language policy in urban Kazakhstan. It provides a review of language policies in Kazakhstan since the country gained independence from the USSR and analyses the current sociolinguistic situation. A linguistic landscape approach is used to investigate language practices in the capital, Astana. A collection of photographs of public signage was collected from the three main districts of the city. These were analysed quantitatively and qualitatively, in terms of the frequency of appearance of specific languages, the order of their appearance in multilingual signs, font size, colour, etc. The article reports on this investigation and finds a considerable difference between official policy and language practices. To date, only a few research projects have analysed post-Soviet linguistic landscape. Consequently, this article highlights potential contributions of such an approach to the study of language and identity politics and helps deeper understanding of language use in the post-Soviet space.
Citation:
The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies, Volume 11, Issue 4, August 2014, pp.1-21
Publisher:
Common Ground Publishing
Journal:
The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies
Issue Date:
Aug-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620445
Additional Links:
http://ijhcls.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.248/prod.49
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2327-7882
Appears in Collections:
CTTR

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Irinaen
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-06T15:48:01Z-
dc.date.available2017-04-06T15:48:01Z-
dc.date.issued2014-08-
dc.identifier.citationThe International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies, Volume 11, Issue 4, August 2014, pp.1-21en
dc.identifier.issn2327-7882-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620445-
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this article is to understand the extent to which language practices coincide with official language policy in urban Kazakhstan. It provides a review of language policies in Kazakhstan since the country gained independence from the USSR and analyses the current sociolinguistic situation. A linguistic landscape approach is used to investigate language practices in the capital, Astana. A collection of photographs of public signage was collected from the three main districts of the city. These were analysed quantitatively and qualitatively, in terms of the frequency of appearance of specific languages, the order of their appearance in multilingual signs, font size, colour, etc. The article reports on this investigation and finds a considerable difference between official policy and language practices. To date, only a few research projects have analysed post-Soviet linguistic landscape. Consequently, this article highlights potential contributions of such an approach to the study of language and identity politics and helps deeper understanding of language use in the post-Soviet space.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCommon Ground Publishingen
dc.relation.urlhttp://ijhcls.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.248/prod.49en
dc.subjectLinguistic Landscapeen
dc.subjectKazakhstanen
dc.subjectLanguage Policyen
dc.subjectBilingualismen
dc.subjectRussianen
dc.subjectKazakhen
dc.titleNegotiating Public Space: The Post-Soviet Linguistic Landscape in Kazakhstanen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalThe International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studiesen
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