Ethnic identity and linguistic practices of Romanians and Moldovans (on the example of Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine)

Katerina Šestakova
2013 Studia Humanistyczne AGH   unpublished
In Ukraine, Chernivtsi Oblast can be observed as a region of mixed ethnic structure. As a result of historical €€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€ living in this region, we can see that ones mother tongue performs both communicative and symbolic functions (which is an important element of ethnic identity). As an element of ethnic identity the mother tongue becomes very important, especially while entering the linguistic space through language practices, and especially when
more » ... and especially when language and ethnicity. Some Moldovans use both names of the mother tongue (Moldovan or Romanian), Key words: social identity, ethnic identity, language practices, Romanians/ Moldovans in Ukraine, name of language PRELIMINARY FINDINGS Contemporary nation-states have profound regional dissimilarities which are often related to their multi-ethnicity. Mutual penetration of cultures is characteristic also for Ukraine, where 22.2% of the population belongs to an ethnic minority 1. Similar to the background of includes Chernivtsi Oblast 2 , which borders Romania and the Republic of Moldova. According to the Census in 2001, this oblast is 75% Ukrainian, 12% Romanian and 7.3% Moldovan, and is also home to Russians, Poles, Jews and others 3. Sociological research conducted in the Chernivtsi Oblast in the early 1990s, showed that members of ethnic minorities were willing to change their status. A part of them assumed Ukrainian nationality, being pressurized * @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 1 , http://2001.ukrcensus.gov.ua/results/general/nationality/ [24.06.2012]. 2 The historical name of Chernivtsi Oblast is Northern Bukovina. 3 Ethnic minorities in Chernivtsi Oblast live together: Hertsa Raion-91.5 % Romanian, 5 % Ukrainian; Hlybo-ka Raion-46.8 % Ukrainians, 45.3% Romanian; Novoselytsia Raion-57.5 % Moldovan, 34 % Ukrainian;
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