The alphabet in linguistic imagology. Ideological and aesthetic values in the disputes on the pre-reform Cyrillic letters in Russia before and after 1918

Khairov, S. (2017) The alphabet in linguistic imagology. Ideological and aesthetic values in the disputes on the pre-reform Cyrillic letters in Russia before and after 1918. Studi Slavistici, 14, pp. 293-307. (doi: 10.13128/Studi_Slavis-21948)

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Abstract

The Cyrillic alphabet as a whole and some individual characters belonging to that alphabet in particular have always been associated in the conservative Orthodox mind with tradition, faith, patriotism and a glorified past. While reformers declared that they looked at the alphabet from the point of view of its functionality, traditionalists endowed its letters with various ideological, cultural and aesthetic values. This article considers the following evaluative approaches to the Cyrillic letters: 1. The mystical iconicity of some Cyrillic letters based on the shape of the characters. 2. Various arguments in defence of the letters excluded from the Russian alphabet in 1918. 3. The mythologisation of these arguments (The Old Believers’ spiritual verse of the 1990s). The main purpose of the article is to show the ways in which the ideology is hidden or openly reflected in all the arguments, including those that are purely technical or aesthetic.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Khairov, Dr Shamil
Authors: Khairov, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Slavonic Studies
Journal Name:Studi Slavistici
Publisher:Firenze University Press
ISSN:1824-761X
ISSN (Online):1824-7601
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Studi Slavistici 14:293-307
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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