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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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Linguistic Performance of Russianness among Russian-Israeli Parents

Linguistic Performance of Russianness among Russian-Israeli Parents

Child-Raising Practices in the Immigrant Community

(p.189) Chapter 7 Linguistic Performance of Russianness among Russian-Israeli Parents
The Russian Language Outside the Nation

Claudia Zbenovich

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter focuses on the question of identity performances in the culture-embedded intergenerational everyday conversations among Russian-speaking emigrants in Israel. The author finds that the Soviet-born parents bring their cultural assumptions, including those of the appropriate child-rearing style, into everyday conversations with their bilingual Israeli-born children. This often causes communication tensions and clashes, marked by code-switching on the part of the children. Examples demonstrate that the parents’ mode of communication often echos the common rhetoric of the authoritarian, compliance oriented Soviet-era parent-child discourse, which their Israeli-born children tend to negotiate linguistically.

Keywords:   Russian language, Israel, identity performance, code-switching

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