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Linguistic landscapes on the other side of the border: signs, language, and the construction of cultural identity in Transnistria

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2014
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of the Sociology of Language
Issue number227
Number of pages22
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In 1992, Transnistria emerged as a de facto independent political entity, not recognized internationally. Russian emerged as a strong marker of a distinct cultural and political identity and as a powerful tool of separation from Moldova. Officially, Transnistria is trilingual in Russian, Ukrainian and Romanian (Moldovan) written in Cyrillic script, yet Russian is the language of choice for most inhabitants. This article presents a linguistic landscape study that sheds light on language use by institutional and private actors in Transnistria, exemplified by signs in the republic's mainly Russian-speaking capital Tiraspol.