Language as a factor of ethnic identity of the Kazakhs of Mongolia in translinguality conditions Cover Image

Язык как фактор этнической идентичности Казахов Монголии в условиях транслингвальности
Language as a factor of ethnic identity of the Kazakhs of Mongolia in translinguality conditions

Author(s): Nazgul Baigabatova
Subject(s): Sociolinguistics, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Politics and Identity, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Wydawnictwo ULT w Świeciu
Keywords: diaspora; Kazakhs of Mongolia; language; ethnic identity; translinguality;

Summary/Abstract: This article analyzes the issues of the functioning of the language of the Kazakh diaspora of Mongolia in a foreign ethnic environment through the prism of the concepts of translinguality and transculturality. The article is based on the author's field materials collected in the summer of 2018 in Western Mongolia. The results of the study showed that the factors determining the communicative conditions of speech behavior of representatives of the Kazakh diaspora in Mongolia are legislation, the school education system, the language landscape and the psychological climate, which sometimes help, sometimes impede use and preservation of the native language. As a result of theoretical and empirical research, it was revealed that the role of the Kazakh language in the formation of the ethnic identity of the diaspora in the context of translinguality remains an important indicator of ethnic selfconsciousness. In addition, the native language, fulfilling the communicative needs of the individual and the ethnic community, is the dominant way of the «appearance» and «manifestation» of ethnicity when the ethnic community interacts with representatives of both «alien» and «their» ethnic group. At the same time, the Kazakhs of Mongolia in practice are bilingual and the knowledge of the Mongolian language regularly serves as a means of communication for the Kazakh diaspora in various forms of existence and areas of application, without showing linguistic conflicts.

  • Issue Year: 3/2019
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 119-140
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Russian