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Bilingualism and Its Influence on Ethnic Media Use: A Case of Buryats

  • S. K. Malkhanova
  • H. J. Kim
  • Y. V. AgranatEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 139)

Abstract

This paper purports to explore the effect of bilingualism on the use of ethnic media in the republic of Buryatia, where both Russian and Buryat are official languages and have equal rights. To answer the research questions, a survey was administrated on 156 Buryats residing in the republic of Buryatia in the Russian Federation. Results showed that minority language (Buryat) and majority language (Russian) are in supplementary and complementary relationships. Minority language performs social and emotional functions mostly in private sphere, while majority language is more useful in public sphere. Ethnic minority language media, due to the lack of supply and institutional incompleteness, seem limited only to complementary roles. Yet it is still an important tool in maintaining and promoting cultural diversity.

Keywords

Bilingualism Ethnic language Ethnic media Buryat Russia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Kwangwoon UniversityNowonguKorea
  3. 3.Far Eastern State Transport UniversityKhabarovskRussia

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