1st Edition

Languages and Nationalism Instead of Empires

Edited By Motoki Nomachi, Tomasz Kamusella Copyright 2024
    284 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume probes into the mechanisms of how languages are created, legitimized, maintained, or destroyed in the service of the extant nation-states across Central Europe.

    Through chapters from contributors in North America, Europe, and Asia, the book offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the rise of the ethnolinguistic nation-state during the past century as the sole legitimate model of statehood in today’s Central Europe. The collection’s focus is on the last three decades, namely the postcommunist period, taking into consideration the effects of the recent rise of cyberspace and the resulting radical forms of populism across contemporary Central Europe. It analyzes languages and their uses not as given by history, nature, or deity but as constructs produced, changed, maintained, and abandoned by humans and their groups. In this way, the volume contributes saliently to the store of knowledge on the latest social (sociolinguistic) and political history of the region’s languages, including their functioning in respective national polities and on the internet.

    Languages and Nationalism Instead of Empires is a compelling resource for historians, linguists, and political scientists who work on Central and Eastern Europe.


    Tomasz Kamusella and Motoki Nomachi

    Language or Dialect? A Crux in the History of Central European Nation-Building

    Joep Leerssen

    Language and Place in Recent Eastern European Linguistic Regionalism

    Dieter Stern

    Part 1: State Languages

    The Russian Standard Language from the Empire Through the Revolution and Stalinism to Perestroika

    Jan Ivar Bjørnflaten

    Attitudes to Linguistic Accuracy among Russian-Speaking Social Media Users

    Vera Zvereva

    Rethinking the Graphization of the Belarusian Language in Eastern and Western Belarus During the Interwar Period

    Shiori Kiyosawa

    Urban Oral Ukrainian of the 1920s as Reflected in Early Soviet Literature

    Michael Moser

    Democratizing Linguistic Forms: Language Regulation and Diachronic Shifts in Czech

    Neil Bermel

    Script Revitalization? Reemergence of Old Scripts Among South Slavs

    Aleksandra Salamurović and Motoki Nomachi

    Ideology Against Language: The Current Situation in South Slavic Countries

    Snježana Kordić

    Change and Variation in the Bulgarian Language of the Internet and Social Media

    Eleonora Yovkova-Shii

    Part 2: Substate Languages

    The Latvian (In)Dependence and the Latgalian Language Question

    Tomasz Wicherkiewicz

    Silesian: Between Suppression in Poland and Flourishing on the Web

    Tomasz Kamusella

    Codification of Vojvodina Rusyn: Language Ideology in Kosteljnik's Grammar of 1923

    Elena Boudovskaia

    Standardizing Vlach Romanian in Eastern Serbia: A Remissive Issue

    Annemarie Sorescu-Marinković and Monica Huțanu


    Motoki Nomachi is Professor in the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center at Hokkaido University, Japan. He researches Slavic language contact and linguistic typology, alongside the Slavic micro-languages. Recently, he wrote and edited Slavic on the Language Map of Europe: Historical and Areal-Typological Dimensions (2019).

    Tomasz Kamusella is Reader in Modern History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK. His latest publications include Politics and the Slavic Languages (2021) and Words in Space and Time: A Historical Atlas of Language Politics in Modern Central Europe (2021).