How Normal is Normalization? The Discourses Shaping Finnish and Russian Speakers’ Attitudes Toward Estonian Language Policy
Interviews were conducted with native Russian and Finnish speakers living in Estonia to examine their perspectives on language policy and usage. The aim was to paint a picture of how they perceived Estonian language policy, providing an insight into the cognitive frameworks within which they work, and into the social and historical factors shaping their discursive environments. For Finnish informants, official monolingualism was not normal, while de facto monolingualism seemed to be. For Russian speakers, the opposite seemed true: those interviewed accepted Estonian's official status but wanted to see more use of Russian 'on the ground'. Their perspectives reflect their worldviews, which have been shaped by their personal, family, and community realities and experiences.
Journal of Baltic Studies
Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)