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S t u d i

S l a v i s t i c i

Rivista dell’Associazione Italiana degli Slavisti

1917-2017 One hundred years of graphic (r)evolution in the Soviet space
«Всякая графика не только техника письма, но и его идеология» (JAKOVLEV 1930: 209)
„every script is not only a technique of writing, but also its ideology“ (WEINREICH 1953: 48).
«С нашей точки зрения письмо есть политика и производство в первую очередь
и лишь в третью очередь звуковая форма» (JAKOVLEV 1931: 53)

The last century has witnessed dramatic changes in the written history of many communities of the
Russian empire and the Soviet Union, first of all the elimination of illiteracy (ликвидация
безграмотности), which consisted in the creation of new alphabets for unwritten languages and the
change or simply reform of already existing ones (вооружение или перевооружение
письменностью in SUCHOTIN 1932: 95).
As it is well known, this ideologically-driven activity (SEBBA 2006) involved different strategies:
Latinisation campaign in the 20s and 30s (BALDAUF 1993), Cyrillicisation from 1938 (FRINGS
2012), again Latinisation after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Aiming at the creation of a national
identity based on language (GRENOBLE 2003: 20), this process was accompanied by a significant
development of linguistic and sociolinguistic research work (SIMONATO 2008, BRANDIST 2003),
which was carried out by such eminent linguists as E. D. Polivanov, N. F. Jakovlev and others.
These questions will be looked at from different perspectives in the special issue of «Studi
Slavistici» (volume 14 – 2017). We invite therefore to submit papers dealing with the following
➢ graphic and/or orthographic reforms
➢ language policy with particular relation to writing systems
➢ Latinisation, Cyrillicisation
➢ Marr’s analytical alphabet
➢ the birth of phonology as a field of applied work
➢ problems of (phonetic) transcription and transliteration
Contributors are expected to discuss theoretical and/or descriptive issues using data from different
languages of the USSR and its successor states.
Proposals, with title, a short abstract (no more than 2,000 characters with spaces) and a brief profile
of the author (300-600 characters) should be sent to by the
30th of August 2016. Accepted languages are Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and any of
the Slavic languages.
Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be communicated by the end of September 2016.
The deadline for the submission of the accepted papers, which should not exceed 60,000 signs,
spaces and bibliography included, is the 30th of March 2017.

«Studi Slavistici» (
ISSN 1824-7601 (online); ISSN 1824-761X (print)
Info: dott.ssa Giuseppina Larocca (
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