The socialist revolution and the collapse of the USSR in the 20th century affected all spheres of Russian public life, including the usage of language. Today, the use of Russian shows divergent tendencies toward Sovietness and Soviet newspeak (новояз). The linguistic field of Post-Soviet era is standing on the opposite axis, i.e., on the one hand, on the denial of all Sovietness, and on the inheritance and reproduction of Sovietness, on the other. This paper discusses the reflections of Soviet newspeak in the modern Russian language, mainly, in areas such as: 1) the use of Sovietisms as precedent texts, 2) the language of Russian Internet subculture, and 3) the modern Russian political language.
Newspeak as a language of political manipulation is an indispensable attribute not only of the Soviet political language (novojaz) but also of the language of politics as such. And in a certain sense, any normal language can contain some elements of newspeak because the regulatory function is peculiar to a language. This paper is dedicated to the continuity of Soviet and post-Soviet political discourse, in particular, the reproduction of rhetorical devices of Soviet novojaz in modern Russian political discourse.
” of the object of our study (Nowak 2008 , p. 28). Historical science requires wide contextual knowledge (culture, politics, language and other), impossible, as it may seems, to obtain without active participation in a given culture and difficult to