WiP: Linguistic Minorities in Soviet Georgia

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 10th talk of the Spring 2019 Works-in-Progress Series!

“Linguistic Minorities in Soviet Georgia”

By Tinatin Bolkvadze, Tbilisi State University and State Language Department of Georgia

Date: April 10, 2019, at 18:30 pm
Venue: CRRC Georgia, 5 Chkhikvadze Str. (Former 5 Chavchavadze ave.), I floor.

Georgia has always been a multilingual country. The constitutions of Soviet Georgia protected the linguistic rights of national minorities. This talk will discuss the main linguistic minorities of Soviet Georgia, their current state, the language integration of citizens, and explain the Soviet roots of the problems of the language policy of contemporary Georgia.

Tinatin Bolkvadze is Professor of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University. She is the deputy head of the State Language Department of Georgia. Scientific interests: theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics, language contacts, theories of nationalism, and the history of linguistics. Her monographs are: Ideologized Values (2005), Shaping Georgian national Identity, “Iveria” by Ilia (2011), Georgian Triangle of Soviet Linguistics: N. Mari, I. Stalin, Arn. Chikobava (2018), Languages of Georgia (2018).

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W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the CRRC office at 5 Chkhikvadze Str. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public. The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

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