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  • Title: Ritual Speech Register, Speaking Conventions, and Social Order in the Russian North
  • Author(s): Olga Levitski, Svetlana Adonyeva
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: New Directions in the Humanities
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies
  • Keywords: Speech Register, Communication Strategies, Beliefs, Rituals, Linguistic Routines, Contemporary Russian Field Data
  • Volume: 17
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2327-0055 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2376 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-0055/CGP/v17i02/15-31
  • Citation: Levitski, Olga , and Svetlana Adonyeva. 2019. "Ritual Speech Register, Speaking Conventions, and Social Order in the Russian North." The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies 17 (2): 15-31. doi:10.18848/2327-0055/CGP/v17i02/15-31.
  • Extent: 17 pages

Abstract

This article introduces a new analytical approach to the study of a ritual speech register found in the rural Russian communities of the Vologda and Arkhangelsk districts. This register was traditionally studied as part of the local oral tradition; we argue that it is also of interest for (ethno)-pragmatics and sociolinguistics, and can be studied within a theoretical framework of community of practice (CofP). The register in question manifests itself as a combination of conventional speech genres, formulaic expressions, and clichéd forms. It helps individuals organize their life spatially and cope with, or prevent, the various critical situations mostly associated with male/female domestic and occupational roles. Adherence to speech conventions establishes social order, supports community networks, and maintains reputations in the public sphere. It is a social practice that projects social identities, obligations, and roles.