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ON SOME FEATURES AND LINGUISTIC PROBLEMS OF THE PROCESS OF RUSSIAN-ENGLISH MASS BILINGUALISM FORMATION
Rivlina A. A.



        Alexandra Abramovna Rivlina is Candidate of Science (Ph.D in Philology), Associate Professor of English Language Department at Faculty of Management, Higher School of Economics National Research University (Moscow).

E-mail: rivlina@mail.ru


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The article argues that the scope of English-Russian language contact studies should be extended to embrace the initial stages of English-Russian mass bilingualism formation and should involve the approaches and concepts developed within the framework of the World Englishes Paradigm. The following major features of the present-day English-Russian contact situation are addressed: "minimal" and "incipient" character of mass English-Russian bilingualism; increase in intrasentential English-Russian code-switching and code-mixing; extensive use of "emblematic", or "symbolic" English language markers, including "tag-switches"; constraints imposed on the use of English in Russian contexts, Russianization of English, indications of Russia(n) English formation; the predominance of creative/innovative function of English embedded into Russian speech.

        Key words: language contact, global English, bilingualism, mass/societal bilingualism,World English Paradigm, Englishization of Russian / Russianization of English, minimal/incipient/passive bilingualism, intrasentential code-switching and code-mixing, emblematic/symbolic code-switching, tag-switches, conventionalization, indexicality, bilingual creativity.


 
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