How normal is normalization? The discourses shaping Finnish and Russian speakers' attitudes toward Estonian language policy

Skerrett, Delaney Michael (2012) How normal is normalization? The discourses shaping Finnish and Russian speakers' attitudes toward Estonian language policy. Journal of Baltic Studies, 43 3: 363-388. doi:10.1080/01629778.2011.628550


Author Skerrett, Delaney Michael
Title How normal is normalization? The discourses shaping Finnish and Russian speakers' attitudes toward Estonian language policy
Journal name Journal of Baltic Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1751-7877
0162-9778
Publication date 2012-09
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01629778.2011.628550
Volume 43
Issue 3
Start page 363
End page 388
Total pages 26
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Interviews were conducted with native Russian and Finnish speakers living in
Estonia to examine their perspectives on language policy and usage. The aim was
to paint a picture of how they perceived Estonian language policy, providing an
insight into the cognitive frameworks within which they work, and into the
social and historical factors shaping their discursive environments. For Finnish
informants, official monolingualism was not normal, while de facto
monolingualism seemed to be. For Russian speakers, the opposite seemed
true: those interviewed accepted Estonian’s official status but wanted to see
more use of Russian ‘on the ground’. Their perspectives reflect their
worldviews, which have been shaped by their personal, family, and community
realities and experiences.
Keyword Normalization
Estonia
Language Policy
Estonian
Russian
Estonianization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Version of record first published: 09 Nov 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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