What is it about?
This essay asks what place language holds in the composition of Ukrainian national identity and whether the use of Ukrainian and Russian across Ukraine indicates a split in identity. Despite acknowledging the potential of these two languages to generate political cleavages, the essay shows that language controversies have not necessarily impeded the population’s attachment and loyalty to the Ukrainian state. Moreover, the increasingly civic nature of Ukrainian national identity—particularly since Euromaidan—appears to be an important factor that allows people to speak Russian and still identify strongly with the Ukrainian nation.
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Why is it important?
The Ukrainian–Russian linguistic dyad and its Impact on national identity in Ukraine has been a recurring topic in Ukraine ever since the crisis started in 2014. In the eve of the presidential elections in Ukraine this topic has become even more pressing.
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This page is a summary of: The Ukrainian–Russian Linguistic Dyad and its Impact on National Identity in Ukraine, Europe Asia Studies, January 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2018.1549653.
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