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Ingunn Lunde

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421560

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421560.001.0001

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Newspeak, Counterspeak and Linguistic Memory

Newspeak, Counterspeak and Linguistic Memory

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(p.17) Chapter I Newspeak, Counterspeak and Linguistic Memory
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Language on Display
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Ingunn Lunde

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421560.003.0002

This chapter highlights issues surrounding language ideologies, with a particular focus on the ways in which the role and function of Soviet-style language have been transformed in the post-Soviet era. Through scrutinising how linguists today handle the Soviet linguistic legacy in dictionaries and handbooks, we identify a general emphasis on ‘counterspeak’ (e.g., word play, anecdotes, alternative interpretations of acronyms) and show how this trend is mirrored in lay reflections on Soviet language culture in a number of online forums.

Keywords:   newspeak, linguistic memory, language ideology, Soviet language culture, linguistic legacies

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