PhD Research School in Linguistics and Philology

Benedikte Vardøy

Attitudes to Russian dialects

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When you communicate in Russian, it is often expected that you should speak a standardized spoken language, if you have a dialect background. A lot of research has been done on Russian dialects and these are well mapped, whereas sociolinguistic approaches to dialects are as good as absent. In my PhD project, I aim to learn more about what people who speak other varieties of the Russian language than the standard language think about dialect usage. Through an analysis of their attitudes to dialects I hope to uncover reasons why people choose to speak the way they do in different contexts.