By Brian P. Bennett

Church Slavonic, one of many world's historical sacred languages, has skilled a revival in post-Soviet Russia. mixing spiritual reports and sociolinguistics, this can be the 1st ebook dedicated to Church Slavonic within the modern interval. it isn't a slim learn in linguistics, yet makes use of Slavonic as a passkey into numerous wider subject matters, together with the renewal and factionalism of the Orthodox Church; the transformation of the Russian language; and the debates approximately conserving the kingdom from Western cults and tradition. It considers either reputable and well known different types of Orthodox Christianity, in addition to Russia's esoteric and neo-pagan traditions.  Ranging over such assorted parts as liturgy, pedagogy, typography, mythology, and conspiracy thought, the e-book illuminates the complicated interrelationship among language and religion in post-communist society, and exhibits how Slavonic has played very important symbolic paintings in the course of a momentous bankruptcy in Russian background. it truly is of significant curiosity to students of sociolinguistics and of faith, in addition to to Russian reports experts.  

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The preamble to the language law of 2005 stipulates the use of Russian on the entire territory (na vsei territorii) of the Federation. Furthermore, as Ryazanova-Clarke (2006b: 4 7-8) has pointed out, collocations such as "post-Soviet space" and "information space" have become common in both academic and media discourses. The spatial component has been especially prominent in the debates concerning the Cyrillic script, with references to the "Russian graphic expanse," a "united alphabet expanse," and the like.

The discourses in favor ofLatinization suggested that Latin letters could act as a bridge to technological and economic opportunities. Opposing discourses emphasized, among other things, the need for a unified cultural and educational space (Sebba 2006). Three years later, the Duma passed On the National Language of the Russian Federation. " It involves both status and corpus planning in that it concerns not only the role or position of Russian in the government and society but the norms or standards according to which the language is to be used.

Of course, there have been some notable exceptions, including- interestingly- some of the titans ofthe discipline: Crystal (1964, 1966), Ferguson (1982), Fishman (1997), and Spolsky (2003). g. Marti et al. 2005; Omoniyi and Fishman 2006; Edwards 2009). In general, sociolinguists have tended to depict the relationship between religion and language in simple, stable terms. Some treatments do not get much beyond the notion that Sanskrit goes with Hinduism, Arabic with Islam, Latin with Catholicism, and so on.

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