Indigenous language education in Russia: current issues and challenges

Semenova, E., Khanolainen, D. and Nesterova, Y. (2021) Indigenous language education in Russia: current issues and challenges. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, (doi: 10.1080/01434632.2021.1921782) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Despite the high number of recognised Indigenous groups who are struggling to maintain their languages, cultures, and identities in Russia, there is little research done on the matters of cultural and linguistic revitalisation. This study sought to address this gap by exploring the views of two Indigenous groups, Karelian and Mari, on the development of their Indigenous languages and educational strategies to protect and revive their languages. The study relied on in-depth one-on-one interviews with 20 participants, ten from each Indigenous group. The findings show that despite older generations’ relative proficiency and interest in their respective Indigenous languages, motivation to master them is fading among younger Indigenous populations. There is also a lack of opportunities to learn the languages including informal settings despite protections within the federal legal system. The participants identified three reasons for the rapid decrease of language speakers that include assimilation of the Indigenous groups, differences in rural and urban development, and globalisation. The article concludes with recommendations on how to revitalise Indigenous languages in Russia.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Nesterova, Dr Yulia
Authors: Semenova, E., Khanolainen, D., and Nesterova, Y.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0143-4632
ISSN (Online):1747-7557
Published Online:04 May 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 2021
Publisher Policy:Reproduce in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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