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Learning about Taraškevica
Learning about Taraškevica

Author(s): Michael Moser
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics, Political history, Comparative Linguistics, Eastern Slavic Languages, Interwar Period (1920 - 1939)
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: Belarusian; Taraskevica; orthography; Ukrainian; Kharkiv orthography;

Summary/Abstract: The difficult language situation of Belarusian is even further complicated by the fact that two standards of Belarusian language co-exist. The so-called Taraskevica variant refers to standard traditions from a period preceding Stalinist terror; its adherents regard it as the “purer” variant of Belarusian. The official variant is based on norms that were introduced along with other measures of Stalinist terror in 1933 and aimed at making Belarusian more similar to Russian. This sketch analyzes what information on Taraskevica one can get if one uses the Internet only. It also demonstrates that searches in different languages yield different results.

  • Issue Year: 57/2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 37-49
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English