Lecture: Morpheme expansion and linguistic mistakes of the Russian government

Linguistics mistakes of the Russian government in interaction with protesters

The ongoing invasion of Ukraine has significantly affected Russian language and its use in public space — certain actions by the Russian government have resulted in an unintentional morpheme expansion, essentially forcing the performative aspect to supersede the message. At the same time the government found itself unable to use the instrument that has become a trusted tool of their propaganda.

This talk is based on the essay written for the "Sprache und Krieg" Seminar and deals with the transformation of the role of language in Russian propaganda and specifically the unintended morpheme expansion caused by the hastily actions of the Russian government and police.
I have examined the previous examples of Russian propaganda as well as the documents prepared for the expected successful outcome of the invasion in Ukraine and compared the use of language there with other developments that occurred post-invasion.

This talk does not present a deep linguistic analysis but might be of use to anyone interested in the linguistic developments related to war, protests and propaganda, presenting data on the side of the current situation some might not be aware of due to the language barrier.


Day: 2022-05-27
Start time: 11:00
Duration: 00:30
Room: Living Lab (1.34)
Track: Sociolinguistics
Language: en




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