Language Policy in the former Soviet Union

Handout for LING 540, Language Policy

H. Schiffman, Instructor


Some Bibliography

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(Chaps 2.3 and 6.1)
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Knowles, Francis. 1990. "Language Planning in the Soviet Baltic Republics: An Analysis of Demographic and Sociological Trends." Chapter in Kirkwood, 1990.
Landau, Jacob M. and Barbara Kellner-Heinkele. Politics of language in the ex-Soviet Muslim states : Azerbayjan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2001
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National Geographic Society Peoples of the Soviet Union , Map, 1990
Schlyter, Birgit Language Policies in Present-Day Central Asia. MOST Journal on Multicultural Societies, Vol. 3, No. 2
Schlyter, Birgit "Changing Language Loyalties in Central Asia" in Handbook of Bilingualism Bhatia and Ritchie, (eds.) Blackwell, 2004
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Wright, Sue, ed. 2000. Language policy and language issues in the successor states of the former USSR. Buffalo : Multilingual Matters.
Woolhiser, Curt. Language Ideology and Language Conflict in Post-Soviet Belarus  
Wurm, S. Turkic Peoples of the USSR: Their Historical Background, Their Languages and the Development of Soviet Linguistic Policy. London: Central Asian Research Centre. 1954.
NDSU Bibliography North Dakota State University bibliography on Volga Germans.  



Language Policy in the former USSR


Other Resources:

Maps of Russia and USSR


Russian History Page:



Mark Dickens' sites:

Central Asian Pages

Central Asia language policy page     

USSR policy site on Central Asia

Harold F. Schiffman, , last updated Feb. 25, 2002