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The Russian Language Outside the NationSpeakers and Identities$
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Lara Ryazanova-Clarke

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748668458

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668458.001.0001

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Post-Soviet Russian-Speaking Diaspora in Italy

Post-Soviet Russian-Speaking Diaspora in Italy

Results of a Sociolinguistic Survey

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(p.143) Chapter 5 Post-Soviet Russian-Speaking Diaspora in Italy
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The Russian Language Outside the Nation
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Monica Perotto

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668458.003.0006

The chapter relates to Russian-speaking emigrants and Russian-Italian bilingual families living in Italy. Based on an extensive fieldwork data it discusses the levels of language maintenance and attrition in these groups. In addition, the chapter provides a detailed analysis of Russian-Italian code-mixing and code-switching. Finally, it develops David Layton’s notion the Russian-speaking community abroad presents a ‘conglomerate’ which stands for a global and transnational network with the Russian language as a lingua franca.

Keywords:   Russian language, migrants, Italy, diaspora, bilingualism, code mixing, code switching

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