ON THE INTEREST IN NATIVE LANGUAGE AND PRESERVATION OF ETHNIC SELF-IDENTIFICATION OF THE RUSSIAN GERMANS

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The problem of language and culture of the Russian Germans as independent ethnos remains debatable within many decades; the new researches based on testimonies of ethnic Germans would allow to draw a number of objective conclusions on the reasons and motives of loss/preservation of ethnic-cultural roots. In the research the following methods are applied: historiographic, data collecting and analysis, respondents poll, interpretation. Results: Article data are based on correspondence, meetings with 120 descendants of the Russian Germans from different generations. Discussion: authors have published 10 articles in various scientific journals of Russia. In 2015 the thematic conference was held in Yelabuga. Final report: about 30% of Russian Germans know the language of their ancestors, but even for grandsons and great-grandsons of the ethnic Germans who do not know German, thirst for “germanity” is shown it different aspects: national cuisine, music, interest in Germany. It allows to speak about a tendency of ethnic-cultural codes preservation for young Russian Germans.


D A Salimova

Principal contact for editorial correspondence.
daniya.salimova@mail.ru
Yelabuga Institute Kazan Federal University Kazanskaya str., 89, Yelabuga, Kazan, Russia, 423600

Salimova Daniya Abuzarovna is a Doctor in Philology, professor in Yelabuga Institute of Kazan Federal University (Russia, Тatarstan).

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