Azerbaijani-Russian Code-switching And Code-mixing: Form, Function, And Identity

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Title: Azerbaijani-Russian Code-switching And Code-mixing: Form, Function, And Identity
Author: Zuercher, Kenneth
Abstract: From incorporation into the Russian Empire in 1828 , through the collapse of the U .S .S .R . in 1991 governmental language policies and other socio /political forces influenced the Turkic population of the Republic of Azerbaijan to speak Russian . Even with changes since independence Russian use - including various kinds of code -switching and code -mixing - continues . This dissertation studies the language situation in Azerbaijan through a detailed analysis of naturally occurring conversational data . Approaches include corpus analysis of the transcribed data to show relative amounts of Azerbaijani and Russian , linguistic description of the types of code -switching and code -mixing , quantitative analysis of variation between subjects , and sequential analysis of a few subjects to demonstrate ways in which code -switching /mixing can be used to construct social identities in contemporary Azerbaijan .Subjects' use of Russian content words varied from 11 .2 % to 97 .2 % . While some conversational turns contained only Russian , code -switching /mixing within turns and clauses was common , with nominal insertion and peripheral alternation of adverbial elements occurring most frequently . Congruent lexicalization (Muysken 2000 ) also occurs in stative clauses with the data showing evidence for a zero copula in Azerbaijani as well as Russian . Russian and code -switching /mixing can be used to construct a range of social identities . The case studies in this dissertation show subjects avoiding Russian use to conform to social norms in some family domains and professional contexts , using substantial Russian and Russian code -mixing in private domains when appropriate for the situation and interlocutor , as well as using Russian to contest traditional gender roles and portray themselves as `modern' and free of stereotypes .The results of this analysis do not contradict recent theoretical and descriptive work on code -switching /mixing (Muysken 2000 , Myers -Scotton 2002 ) but confirm their propositions with a new language pair . They also open the door to further research into language behavior in the former Soviet space by providing a data oriented description of language behavior and linguistic identity construction in Azerbaijan . While governmental language policy and planning firmly support the development and use of Azerbaijani , Russian use persists in some sectors of society .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /1984
Date: 2010-03-03

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Azerbaijani-Russian Code-switching And Code-mixing: Form, Function, And Identity. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /1984 .

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