Immigration Discourse and the Prospects of Russian Language in Lithuania
Alla Likhachiova
Vilnius University, Lithuania
Published 2019-12-20


Russian-speaking immigrants
immigration discourse
language attitudes
the language group vitality

How to Cite

Likhachiova A. (2019) “Immigration Discourse and the Prospects of Russian Language in Lithuania”, Slavistica Vilnensis, 64(2), pp. 128-142. doi: 10.15388/SlavViln.2019.64(2).26.


In contrast to the ongoing emigration, immigration to Lithuania cannot be called intensive, and this topic as a whole remains on the periphery of public and academic attention. This article offers a description of the situation of immigration from the perspective of sociolinguistics. In particular, an analysis of the discourse of today’s Russian-speaking immigration to Lithuania reveals the linguistic attitudes of immigrants with a native Russian language or their own, their adaptation strategies, family language planning, and, ultimately, makes it possible to formulate general conclusions about the prospects of preserving / not preserving Russian-speaking community in the host country.
The paper summarizes interview materials with immigrants from Russia and some post-Soviet countries posted on the Lithuanian Internet, as well as recorded during this study.

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