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Dontsov A. I., Stefanenko T. G., Outalieva Zh. T.
Language as a factor of ethnic identity
Empirical study of language and ethnic identity
interrelations in Khazakhs residing in
poli-ethnical region is presented. It has been
found that the level of competence in ethnic and
"foreign" language and the degree of its
coincidence with verbal behaviour influence
contents and manifestation of ethnic identity.
High competence in native language and low one in
foreign (Russian) language result in mono-ethnical
identity accompanied by marked inter-group
favouritism. Equal competence in ethnic and
"foreign" languages promotes biethnical competence
and biethnical identity formation. Language
assimilation in ethno-social situation
characterised by ethnic language prevailing
results in interpersonal conflicts and marginal
ethnic identity formation.
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