Uzbek re-modeled : Russian loanwords in post-Soviet Uzbek media

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-333
Journal / PublicationJournal of Language and Politics
Issue number2
Online published21 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


This study investigates the relationship between Russian language use and language planning in the context of newly independent, post-Soviet Uzbekistan (1991-1992). It is guided by the question: In what ways does the use of Russian loanwords in Uzbek language newspapers accomplish language planning in newly independent Uzbekistan? The main finding from this analysis is that post-independence use of Russian loanwords from particular semantic classes in particular contexts reinforce overtly stated ideologies about Russian and construct difference between Soviet Uzbekistan and independent Uzbekistan. These findings demonstrate the need to reexamine the role of Russian language in post-Soviet contexts, and they contribute a unique approach to analyzing links between lexical items and ideology in language planning.

Research Area(s)

  • Language ideology, Language planning, Loanwords, National identity, Post-Soviet, Russian and Uzbek