Cover Osteuropa 9-10/2017

In Osteuropa 9-10/2017

The song I hear is the language I speak …
Language policy and media usage in Ukraine

Volodymyr Kulyk

Deutsche Fassung


After it became an independent state in 1991, the language situation in Ukraine changed only very slowly. Russian remained the dominant language, even through almost everyone was also able to speak Ukrainian. This was reflected in the language used in the media, for example. Whenever no decisive state measures to reinforce Ukrainian were in place, Russian was used. It was only following the upheaval of 2014 and the perception of Russia as an aggressive military power that the situation changed fundamentally. As a result of stronger state regulation and a shift in language awareness among the population, the Ukrainian language has now gained dramatically in importance. Whether this will also be the case in other social contexts remains to be seen.

(Osteuropa 9-10/2017, pp. 59–73)