Functioning of the Kabardian language in diaspora
[Особенности Функционирования Кабардино-Черкесского Языка в Условиях Диаспоры]
Marita M. Abazova – Zaudin G. Hutezhev – Vyacheslav H. Unatlokov
The main form of the Kabardian language in the diaspora is described in the paper, linguistic features of its functioning within a historical retrospective are revealed. The spoken language used in the Circassian diaspora has been significantly changed due to migration (the 1960s of the 19th century) and external and internal factors as well. It resulted in changes in language and social and cultural communicative practices in the Circassians abroad justifying that we can speak about modern forms of the Adyghe (Circassian) language in the diaspora. The article contains the conclusion that currently, the Kabardian language in the diaspora functions as an areal language, but with the main features of the parent language. The article is believed to be useful to researchers interested in studying of the Adyghe languages both in the historical homeland and abroad.
Key words: Circassian (Adyghe) diaspora, Kabardian language, areal language, local dialect, a form of language existence