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Dr Gesine Argent

Teaching Fellow in Russian

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Russian historical sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, Russian language ideology history

Education/Academic qualification

2007Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Mediated metadiscourse: print media on anglicisms in post-Soviet Russian
2005Master of Arts, University of Manchester
2001Bachelor of Arts, University of Edinburgh


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 I specialised in the study of language attitudes expressed in published and unpublished historical sources.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).

Research outputs

  1. French as a diplomatic and official language in Imperial Russia

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Multilingualism(s) and language attitudes in the Russian media

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Research activities & awards

  1. French in Russia

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Cambridge University Press (Publisher)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

  3. Historical multilingualism in the Baltic region

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation

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Latest prizes

  1. Marc Raeff Book Prize 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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