From Poets to Padonki: Linguistic Authority and Norm Negotiation in Modern Russian Culture


Ingunn Lunde, University of Bergen; Martin Paulsen, University of Bergen; Henning Andersen, University of California; Vera Zvereva, The University of Edinburgh; Elena Markasova, St. Petersburg State University; Ellen Rutten, University of Amsterdam; Tine Roesen, University of Copenhagen; Dirk Uffelmann, University of Passau; Karin Grelz, University of Stockholm; Peter Alberg Jensen, University of Stockholm; Heinrich Kirschbaum, The Humboldt University of Berlin; Susanna Witt, Uppsala University; Daniel Weiss, University of Zurich; Gasan Guseinov, Moscow State University; Lara Ryazanova-Clarke, University of Edinburgh; Michael Gorham, University of Florida


Norms are essential to the human condition. Whether in the guise of tradition, culture, canon or rules, norms are therefore central to studies in the humanities. This book focuses on Russian language culture of the post-revolutionary and post-Soviet periods, times when norms — linguistic and otherwise — have been eagerly debated, challenged, broken and redefined. Exploring the intersections between linguistic authority and creative response, an international team of scholars examines different realms of linguistic practice (literary fiction, internet slang, literary criticism and aesthetics, writers’ blogs, linguistic play) and various arenas for “talk about talk” (the classroom, blogs, the media, or the courtroom). By combining various approaches and disciplines — linguistics, literary criticism, new media studies — the book as a whole explores the multiplicity of meanings that are accorded to the notion of linguistic norms in the Russian community. The result is both a broad and a detailed picture of important trends in modern Russian language culture.


  • Contents
  • Introduction
    Ingunn Lunde, Martin Paulsen
  • Living Norms
    Henning Andersen
  • Norm Negotiations in Russian Literary Criticism
    Martin Paulsen
  • «Язык падонкаф»
    Дискуссии пользователей Рунета
    Vera Zvereva
  • «Я не употребляю древние вводные слова…»
    Elena Markasova
  • Wrong Is the New Right. Or Is It?
    Linguistic Identity in Russian Writers’ Weblogs
    Ellen Rutten
  • Performative Metalanguage
    Negotiating Norms Through Verbal Action
    Ingunn Lunde
  • The Old Man’s New Language
    Semantic Shifts and Linguistic Countermeasures in Aleksei Slapovskii’s Oni
    Tine Roesen
  • The Compliance with and Imposition of Social and Linguistic Norms in Sorokin’s Norma and Den’ oprichnika
    Dirk Uffelmann
  • When Non-Negotiation is the Norm
    Sorokin’s Tridtsataia liubov’ Mariny and Tsvetaeva’s Krysolov
    Karin Grelz
  • «Мир, который стал сам не свой» в эстетике молодого Пастернака
    Peter Alberg Jensen
  • «Оползень Опояза»
    Образ оползня в работах формалистов
    Heinrich Kirschbaum
  • Pasternak’s Iskazhenie and the Practice of Creative Evolution
    Susanna Witt
  • Судебная экспертиза и вклад лингвиста в интерпретацию закона
    Daniel Weiss
  • Инструменты описания неполной коммуникации в блогосфере
    Gasan Guseinov
  • How Upright is the Vertical?
    Ideological Norm Negotiation in Russian Media Discourse
    Lara Ryazanova-Clarke
  • “We Speak Russian!”
    New Models of Norm Negotiation in the Electronic Media
    Michael Gorham
  • Contributors
  • Colophone
  • Index of Names


March 13, 2017

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