Ukraine’s Ethnolinguistic Landscape—and Changing Attitudes towards Rus...

Apr 22, 2015 by

On April 20, 2015, I gave a lecture on the ethnolinguistic aspects of the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict. After reviewing the events since the late fall of 2013 and the current humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine, I turned to...

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Comments on “23 Maps and Charts on Language”

Nov 21, 2014 by

Recently, a reader drew my attention to a collection of 23 maps and charts on language, asking me to write a commentary on these materials. As I have already discussed many of these graphic materials in previous posts, here is a...

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Mapping Heritage Languages

Oct 26, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in February 2012] Major patterns on a map often conceal more subtle – and often more interesting – configurations. A similar problem occurs with language maps: mapping a majority language often...

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Russification policies in Siberia

Oct 9, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2012] Siberia is a heavily Russified area – linguistically and culturally – of the Russian Federation. Not only do many ethnic Russians live there, but most members of the indigenous...

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Aramaic Revival in the Holy Land

Jun 3, 2014 by

Efforts are being made worldwide to stop the tide of language endangerment and extinction. One group that has recently made efforts to return to its linguistic roots is Christian Arabs of the Middle East. A campaign is now underway...

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Russians in the Bay Area

May 31, 2014 by

As we saw in the previous post, California’s Russian-speaking community is concentrated in the San Francisco region. The nine counties of the Bay Area – Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara,...

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