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Russian historical sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, Russian language ideology history

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I began my research career in Russian linguistic culture with postgraduate study of language attitudes in post-Soviet Russia, analysing metadiscourse in print media on perceived foreign language influences on Russian, especially from English.

After defending my thesis on metadiscourse in the Russian media at the University of Edinburgh, I joined the AHRC-funded project 'The History of the French Language in Russia' at the University of Bristol (PI: Derek Offord) as a postdoctoral research fellow. My role concerned the integration of historical sociolinguistic enquiry into the project. I specialised in the study of language attitudes expressed in published and unpublished historical sources.

In 2017, I joined the University of Edinburgh as the Centre Manager and research associate at the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre.

Research Interests

My research interests concern language culture and linguistic ideologies, predominantly in the Russian-speaking world, both in past and present times. I engage in historical sociolinguistics enquiry and use discourse analytical tools to conduct textual study of metadiscourse. I am particularly interested in how language discussion is instrumentalised in formal or informal creation and maintenance of groups (from community groups to societal strata and entire nations).

Education/Academic qualification

Russian Studies, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Mediated metadiscourse: print media on anglicisms in post-Soviet Russian, University of Edinburgh

1 Oct 200728 Jun 2012

Award Date: 28 Jun 2012

Translation Studies, Master of Arts, The University of Manchester

1 Oct 20058 Dec 2006

Award Date: 8 Dec 2006

English Literature and Russian Studies, Bachelor of Arts, University of Edinburgh

1 Oct 200115 Jun 2005

Award Date: 15 Jun 2005


  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature


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  • Marc Raeff Book Prize 2019

    Offord, D. (Recipient), Rjéoutski, V. (Recipient) & Argent, Gesine (Recipient), 2019

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