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Emerging Bilingual Speech: From Monolingualism to Code-Copying

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  • ISBN-13: 9781441127440
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Release Date: Dec 22, 2011
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 270 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.57 x 9.21 x 6.14 inches


Anna Verschik offers a new perspective on how a previously monolingual community of Russian-speakers in Estonia is rapidly becoming bilingual after the end of the Soviet occupation in 1991.

The contact-induced change in Russian under the growing impact of Estonian is analysed in the theoretical framework of code-copying.

Changes in linguistic behaviour of the speakers are often a result of intentional cultivation of non-monolingual communication strategies and language policies, and go hand in hand with the development of a new identity, 'Estonian Russians'.

Emerging Bilingual Speech is a fascinating study that will be of interest to researchers studying language contact, language change and bilingualism.

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