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From the History of Identity and Language Planning Policy in Georgia

Kock Kobaidze, Manana

Iberiul-Kavkasiuri Enatmecniereba, 2008(36), pp.128-142

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  • Title:
    From the History of Identity and Language Planning Policy in Georgia
  • Author: Kock Kobaidze, Manana
  • Subjects: Humanities And Religion ; Languages And Linguistics ; Humaniora Och Religionsvetenskap ; Språkvetenskap ; Humanities/Social Sciences ; Identity ; Language Policy ; Soviet Language Policy ; Post-Soviet Development
  • Is Part Of: Iberiul-Kavkasiuri Enatmecniereba, 2008(36), pp.128-142
  • Description: During the Soviet period, languages and identities formed a complicated hierarchy in Georgia as well as in the whole Soviet Union. Russian was a major language relative to Georgian and Georgian was a major language relative to other languages in Georgia. At the same time, Georgians constitute a minority group in some regions of Georgia and Georgian is a language of the minority in these regions. Ambiguity of status is observable among other groups as well. The cases of reversed assimilation have occurred: A minority group appears as a regional majority and assimilates representatives of the majority group. It has also been attested that one minority group assimilates another minority group. The crucial factor is the demographic factor and the intergroup sociopsychological climate, which was formed when Georgia itself was either a weakened state (17th-18th centuries) or a part of another state (19th-20th centuries) that tried to change the national face of Georgia. The Russian policy aimed...
  • Language: Georgian
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1987-6572 ; ISSN: 1987-6572
  • Source: SwePub (National Library of Sweden)

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