The Ukrainian–Russian Linguistic Dyad and its Impact on National Identity in Ukraine

The Ukrainian–Russian Linguistic Dyad and its Impact on National Identity in Ukraine

Date: February 6, 2019

Author(s):  Bureiko Nadiia, Moga Teodor Lucian

Language: English

Work type: Scientific publication

Publisher/institution: Europe-Asia Studies

Abstract:

This essay asks what place language holds in the composition of Ukrainian national identity and whether the use of Ukrainian and Russian across Ukraine indicates a split in identity. Despite acknowledging the potential of these two languages to generate political cleavages, the essay shows that language controversies have not necessarily impeded the population’s attachment and loyalty to the Ukrainian state. Moreover, the increasingly civic nature of Ukrainian national identity—particularly since Euromaidan—appears to be an important factor that allows people to speak Russian and still identify strongly with the Ukrainian nation.