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2016 | 48 | 15-28
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The future of the Belarusian language: is it doomed to extinction? Controversies and challenges in the language maintenance and revitalization

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Celem artykułu jest próba analizy kontrowersyjnej dwujęzycznej sytuacji na Białorusi. Mimo że białoruski jest oficjalnie uznanym językiem ojczystym niepodległego państwa, jest on również językiem mniejszościowym, uważanym za potencjalnie zagrożony, ze względu na dyskryminującą politykę językową i indyferencję społeczności. Artykuł przedstawia socjolingwistyczną sytuację na Białorusi i uwidacznia rozbieżności pomiędzy tożsamością narodową a zachowaniem językowym. Ponadto omówiono luki w polityce zarządzania językiem i trudności w odwróceniu tendencji obniżania poziomu językowego. Co więcej – w opracowaniu podjęto próbę określenia kierunku rozwoju języka białoruskiego. Wnioski z przeprowadzonej analizy pozwalają stwierdzić, że odrodzenie języka białoruskiego wymaga zmiany nastawienia narodowego i przełomowych reform politycznych.
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The article analyses the controversial bilingual situation in Belarus. Although Belarusian is an officially recognised mother tongue and the titular language of the state, it is also a minority language viewed as endangered due to the discriminating language policies and general population’s indifference. This article reveals the discrepancies between the declared national identity and linguistic behaviour of Belarusians. Furthermore, it investigates the gaps in the language management policies and the obstacles in reversing the language decline. Finally, it attempts to predict the future development of Belarusian and concludes that the language shift requires a change in nation’s attitude and groundbreaking political reforms.
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48
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15-28
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  • Uniwersytet Warszawski
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