Postgraduate Society of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Kyiv, Ukraine

4 May 2021, 4pm (CET), via Zoom (link to be confirmed)

 Lecture of Jan Fellerer:

Hybrid linguistic identities in 19th century L’viv

 Language mixing is an important component of the linguistic landscape in Ukraine to the present day. It is controversial too, as the discussions about so-called suržyk show. Linguistic hybridity, however, has a long history in Ukraine and elsewhere. It is an expected outcome of language-contact settings, even though it varies greatly depending on the historical context.

This talk will focus on historical L’viv and its suburbs with its intense and long-standing Ukrainian-Polish-Yiddish language contact. In writing, Church Slavonic remained an important point of reference well into the 19th century too. This produced forms of language mixing and hybrid linguistic identities that can be shown to be a direct reflection of the social fabric of the city. The close link between linguistic practice and social identity is well known and amply researched for contemporary settings. However, it is rarely applied to historical contexts. The talk is a contribution to try and redress this imbalance.

Jan Fellerer is Associate Professor in Slavonic Languages, University of Oxford, Wolfson College, currently Senior Fellow at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Kunstuniversität Linz in Wien