American Stage of Pitirim Sorokin’s Linguistic Biography

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The article discusses the features of the bilingualism of an eminent sociologist of the twentieth century Pitirim Sorokin in the American period of his life. The purpose of the study is to identify and explain the linguistic features of his scientific thinking in connection with the development of his scientific worldview. The study is based on the materials of Pitirim A. Sorokin Collection at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada). Archival manuscripts and research notes allow us to trace the process of changing the language and switching codes in the professional activities of Pitirim Sorokin after moving to the United States of America. It has been established that the use of a mixed metalanguage by Pitirim Sorokin can be considered as additional evidence of the continued connection with the Russian period of his life and scientific activity. Russian remained for him a tool of scientific thinking, planning and management.


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Natalia S Sergieva

Pitirim Sorokin Syktyvkar State University

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Email: nsergieva@yandex.ru
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October Ave, 55, Syktyvkar, 167001, Republic Komi

Doctor in Philology, Associate Professor, Professor of the Department of Russian Philology at Syktyvkar State University named after Pitirim Sorokin

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