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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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Challenging the Standard

Challenging the Standard

(p.29) Chapter 2 Challenging the Standard
Language on Display

Ingunn Lunde

Edinburgh University Press

After a brief exposition of the history and status of the standard language in Russia, this chapter looks at the various ways in which the standard language has been challenged in the post-Soviet era. The case of the internet slang iazyk padonkov, a ‘fashion’ of the mid-2000s, serves to illustrate the potential of a linguistic practice not only to inspire explicit language discussions, but also to comment implicitly on language issues, that is, acquire a metalinguistic dimension. The chapter is rounded off by a brief analysis of the radical grammar nazi movement, a post-padonki reaction to linguistic liberties and orthographic errors.

Keywords:   standard language, standard language ideology, iazyk padonkov, grammar nazi, orthography, norm-breaking, linguistic fashions, Russian online slang, Russian internet, sociolinguistic change

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