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Russian language gets official status in Ukraine
Published: 10 August, 2012, 18:08

A new Ukrainian law has come into force granting the Russian language official status in about a half of the country’s regions and significantly broadening the use of other minority languages.
On Friday, the law on the principles of the state language policy was published in the parliament’s official newspaper, Voice of Ukraine.
Under the law, Ukrainian remains the only state language. However, more than 15 other languages – such as Russian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, German, Hungarian, Polish and others – get regional status in territories where the number of speakers of one of these languages is 10 per cent or more.
Thus, Russian gets the status of a regional language in 13 out of 27 districts of the former Soviet republic, including the capital Kiev, the major port cities of Odessa and Sevastopol, the Crimea, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk Regions.

http://rt.com/politics/russian-langu...w-ukraine-343/

While government organizations are required to have their websites in Ukrainian, the Ukrainian section of the Internet is mostly Russian-speaking. For example, the Russian Wikipedia is 5 times more popular in Ukraine than the Ukrainian one. When searching for the keyword "авто" ("cars") in Ukrainian Google, 9 out of 10 most relevant pages are in Russian.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian...age_in_Ukraine

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Re: Russian gains official status in Ukraine

Ukraine and Kazakhstan face the same dilemma as Ireland. How do you preserve your national language when a large fraction of your population speaks the language of your powerful neighbor?

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By the 20th century, Ireland had a centuries-old history of diglossia. English was the prestige language while the Irish language was associated with poverty and disfranchisement. Accordingly, some Irish people who spoke both Irish and English refrained from speaking to their children in Irish, or, in extreme cases, feigned the inability to speak Irish themselves. Despite state support for the Irish language in the Irish Free State (later the Republic of Ireland) after independence, Irish continued to retreat, the economic marginality of many Irish speaking areas (see Gaeltacht) being a primary factor. For this reason Irish is spoken as a mother tongue by only a very small number of people on the island of Ireland. Irish has been a compulsory subject in schools in the Republic since the 1920s and proficiency in Irish was until the mid 1980s required for all government jobs.
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But with these important exceptions, and despite the presence of Irish loan words in Hiberno-English, Ireland is today largely an English-speaking country. Fluent or native Irish speakers are a minority in the most of the country, with Irish remaining as a vernacular mainly in the relatively small Gaeltacht regions, and most Irish speakers also have fluent English.


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Re: Russian gains official status in Ukraine

iron curtain.

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Ukraine and Kazakhstan face the same dilemma as Ireland. How do you preserve your national language when a large fraction of your population speaks the language of your powerful neighbor?

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