Publication 927

Kravchenko A. & Boiko S. (2013) Anglicisms in Russian in the context of the orientational function of language. In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Language and Communication, 17–19 June 2013, Izmir, Turkey. Izmir University, Izmir: 233–246. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/927
The traditional approach to writing in terms of the code model of language leads to functional illiteracy, affecting individual and social cognition as adaptive behavior in a consensual domain of co-ordinated interactions, or languaging. Leaning on the biology of cognition, the paper emphasizes the orientational function of texts in establishing a culture-specific relational domain of linguistic interactions sustaining the unity of a languaging community as a living system distributed across space and time. The exploding use of Anglicisms in modern Russian public texts is indicative of dramatic changes in language and culture that may be described as hybridization. Based on an analysis of a large sample of Russian hybrid public texts, it is suggested that unhindered cross-cultural interaction poses new challenges for cognitive development of language-specific cultures outside the Anglo-American world, making real the danger of losing their cultural identity. Relevance: The biology of cognition principles are applied in analyzing an ongoing large-scale linguistic change caused by a shift in the orientational values of Russian society as a living system.
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