The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Borders

Tomasz Dominik Kamusella (Editor), Motoki Nomachi (Editor), Catherine Gibson (Editor)

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Languages are artefacts of culture, meaning they are created by people. They are often used for identity building and maintenance, but in Central and Eastern Europe they became the basis of nation building and national statehood maintenance. The recent split of the Serbo-Croatian language in the wake of the break-up of Yugoslavia amply illustrates the highly politicized role of languages in this region, which is also home to most of the world's Slavic-speakers. This volume presents and analyzes the creation of languages across the Slavophone areas of the world and their deployment for political projects and identity building, mainly after 1989. The overview concludes with a reflection on the recent rise of Slavophone speech communities in Western Europe and Israel. The book brings together renowned international scholars who offer a variety of perspectives from a number of disciplines and sub-fields such as sociolinguistics, socio-political history and language policy, making this book of great interest to historians, sociologists, political scientists and anthropologists interested in Central and Eastern Europe and Slavic Studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke; New York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages582
ISBN (Electronic)9781137348395
ISBN (Print)9781137348388
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Borders
  • Slavic Languages
  • Ethnicity
  • Nationalism
  • Identity
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Diasporas
  • Speech communities
  • Slavs
  • Roma


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