Maria N. Yelenevskaya

Maria N. Yelenevskaya
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology | technion · Humanities and Arts

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Maria N. Yelenevskaya currently works at the Humanities and Arts, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Maria does research in Qualitative Social Research, Immigration Studies, Communication and Media, Sociolinguistics, Linguistic Anthropology and Language Teaching Methods. Her current projects deal with pluricentric trends in the Russian language, talk about food and linguistic aspects of material culture in immigrants' homes.

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This article provides a comparative analysis of the sociolinguistic situation in three Asian countries, India, Japan, and South Korea, which are relatively less known as countries where the Russian language is used. The aim of the study is to assess the significance of the Russian language in these countries Russian-speaking diasporas, business sph...
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The purpose of this article is to help language teachers at all levels of education to understand in depth problems posed by linguistic superdiversity. Based on the study of scholarly literature, documents of educational bodies and the authors experience in language teaching in different countries, the article answers the question of how the teachi...
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The recent global spread of the Russian language is not solely due to ideological, but also to economic and practical reasons. As a lingua franca, it can be found in different regions of the world. Teaching Russian under new contexts demands alternative strategies and new thinking. Russian is still widespread in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and is the...
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Russian, as a pluricentric language, demonstrates differences in pronunciation, lexis, syntactical structures, and regional specificity of grammar deviations. The imposition of a norm, which is difficult even in the metropolis, is hardly possible in the diaspora, where host countries’ realities have a strong impact on the Russian language spoken ou...
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This article presents research on teaching English in Israel, a vibrant multilingual country, in the period between 2014 and 2020. After a brief introduction to the current approach to English language teaching around the world, it outlines the studies investigating: (a) learners of English, (b) English teachers, and (c) methods that are used in th...
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This paper describes a joint programme developed in 2018 by the University of Parma Language Centre (Italy) and the Humanities and Arts Department of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The aim of the project was to involve students of English for General Academic Purposes in delivering presentations to an unfamiliar foreign audience on a...
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An inseparable part of human life, emotions were neglected in the academic discourse in the West for a long time, because scholars juxtaposed them with thought and reason. Yet educational research reveals that emotions are manifestations of high order intelligence and stimulate goal achievement, memory, and motivation in knowledge acquisition. Emot...
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Teaching Russian as a foreign language outside the nation might still be oriented towards the norm and conventions of contemporary metropolitan Russian, but in the minority situation, which emerged after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and massive migrations, teaching should absorb the newly developed local lexis and formulate the rules reflect...
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Anthropological research provides ample evidence that immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union view Russian culture and language as an essential component of their identity. This study aims to explore whether adults succeed in passing their cultural heritage to the immigrant youth. Conducted in five secondary schools of metropolitan Tel Av...
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YELENEVSKAYA MARIA Haifa, Israel MIGRANTS' EVERYDAY SPEECH: MULTILINGUALISM, ATTRITION AND CREATIVITY Abstract. Translanguaging is a typical feature of migrants' speech. While sometimes codemixing testifies to attrition of the native language, in others it manifests multilingual creativity which emerges thanks to competency in two or more languages...
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In the world in which transnational networking has become a norm, and communication choices are made in real time, and often under pressure, ease of interaction wins. Based on the critical study of documents, interviews, participant observations, linguistic landscape analysis, the study discusses the situation with the Russian language in some Slav...
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Intercultural communication is widespread in the modern multicultural world. The interaction of cultures is usually studied in the situation of communication between different ethnic groups. Yet, in multicultural countries immigration waves regularly bring newcomers joining ethnic communities in which those who immigrated earlier have already absor...
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An experimental joint programme was developed by Parma University Language Centre (Italy) and the Humanities and Arts Department of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology with the aim of offering EAP students the opportunity to deliver presentations to a foreign audience on a topic relevant to the academic and professional interests of both gr...
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This essay analyzes the use of Russian in the linguistic landscape of Israel. Despite continu-ing hegemony of Hebrew, Russian has penetrated all spheres of public life, although concessions to multi-lingualism in Israeli society are hesitant and unsystematic. Russian written texts marking urban areas are unevenly distributed and reveal ethnic and s...
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This essay analyzes the use of Russian in the linguistic landscape of Israel. Despite continuing hegemony of Hebrew, Russian has penetrated all spheres of public life, although concessions to multilingualism in Israeli society are hesitant and unsystematic. Russian written texts marking urban areas are unevenly distributed and reveal ethnic and soc...
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An important feature of advertising in social networks is its interactivity which transforms passive recipients into active participants of the advertising process. Internet users can ban an advertiser or, conversely, subscribe to its news. Moreover, they can post their evaluation of products and services, share advertisements with other users, cit...
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The events of 2014 in Ukraine triggered a wave of discussions and narratives rewriting history and reexamining allegiances and cultural affinities. Material for the study was drawn from Facebook, blogs and internet discussion forums, folk humor disseminated online, personal correspondence and participant observation. This essay discusses how opinio...
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Travel notes is a literary genre with a long tradition. Authored by writers as different as I. Turgenev and F. Kafka, H. Ch. Anderson and A. Huxley, A. Christie and H. Boele, books of travel notes present the reader with a wealth of philosophical and culturological observations, psychological portraits and subtle descriptions of customs and traditi...
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This paper explores changes in the status and function of the Russian language in Israel since the 1989 when mass immigration from the former Soviet Union began. Due to a more tolerant attitude to multilingualism and the necessity to accommodate various needs of newcomers, Israeli establishment did not prevent the growing use of Russian in the publ...
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Статья посвящена обсуждению предварительных результатов исследования вербальных ассоциаций русскоязычных израильтян, полученных в результате свободного ассоциативного эксперимента с иврит-русскими и русско-иврит билингвами. В эксперименте использован список стимулов «Славянского ассоциативного словаря», что позволяет сравнивать ассоциации израильтя...
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This paper reports on the association experiment conducted among Russian-Hebrew bilinguals. As the basis of the experiment we used a list of 112 stimuli-words that form the core of the Slavic Association Dictionary, thus we are able to compare our data with free associations received from Russian speakers in the Russian Federation. The comparison o...
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A linguistic situation in Israel has been charged with conflicts since the formation of the state. The primacy of Hebrew was the ideological cornerstone of Zionism. But the language that for centuries had been primarily used in religious practices had to compete with the flourishing languages of the Jewish Diaspora: Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic an...
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This essay explores immigrants’ bilingual humor viewed as an essential part of secondary language socialization. Adult acquisition of a new language involves reflections about languages and language play which juxtaposes and compares the mother tongue with the language of the receiving society. Acquiring a new language, émigrés experiment with the...
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This book marks 15 years of the authors’ collaborative writing devoted to the culture and language of ex-Soviet immigrants. It investigates problems as diverse as authoethnography, domestication of urban spaces, encounters with law, changes in festive traditions, and reflections about immigration in literature and political humor. Throughout the bo...
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This paper reports on the integration of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) into courses of English for Academic Purposes at the Technion-IIT. CALL users include Hebrew and Arabic speakers, immigrants and international students having different educational backgrounds. To find an optimal combination of teacher-led and autonomous learning an...
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http://www.folklore.ee/folklore/vol50/yelenevskaya.pdf This article discusses social antecedents, patterns of reproduction and innovation, and the communicative function of the comic lists which use the pattern “You’ve lived in X too long, when...” Originally borrowed from the English-language web sites, the idea of describing peculiarities of lif...
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Studies conducted by environmental psychologists, sociologists and cultural geographers show that affiliation of self with place forms a salient part of identity, and even personalities inclined to nomadic life styles identify themselves in terms of location. In people’s relations with space, cities have a special role, albeit one that changes over...
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This essay explores a popular genre of Internet folklore, comic lists about countries and cities. Analyses focus on reflections of the émigrés of the last wave about language maintenance and attrition, about bilingualism and evolution of the language identity in the Russian-speaking diaspora. http://ephil-herzen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/stud...
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This paper reports on the integration of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) into courses of English for Academic Purposes at the Technion-IIT. CALL users include Hebrew and Arabic speakers, immigrants and international students having different educational backgrounds. To find an optimal combination of teacher-led and autonomous learning an...
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This essay looks at immigrants’ integration into the economic and cultural life of Haifa, one of the largest Russian-speaking urban enclaves. Based on participant observation and auto-ethnography, it reflects on visual and acoustic signs of the ‘Russian’ presence. It further analyzes factors determining the newcomers’ choices of neighbourhood and s...
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Drawing on the material of humor portals, immigrant community sites, live journals and discussion forums of Ru.net, this essay analyzes how mass emigration of the first post-Soviet decades is reflected in jokelore. The advent of Ru.net and increased mobility of the population made Russian humor transnational in terms of production and dissemination...
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This essay analyzes the humor of Russian-speaking Israelis in the press and on the web. After a brief survey of humor publications, it looks into the most popular genres and focuses on the bilingual and bicultural aspects of immigrants’ humor. Language play based on the interaction of Russian and Hebrew testifies to emerging bilingualism and reflec...
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In the final years of the Soviet Union and into the 1990s, Soviet Jews immigrated to Israel at an unprecedented rate, bringing about profound changes in Israeli society and the way immigrants understood their own identity. In this volume ex-Soviets in Israel reflect on their immigration experiences, allowing readers to explore this transitional cul...
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Research problems that were censored in the USSR have now come to light, among them the influence of Soviet ideology on the Russian language and the mentality of the speakers. The work reviewed in this essay analyses the role of the Soviet ideological jargon in the creation of a ‘new type’ of personality. The author discusses why the language preve...
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Domestication of space is a major problem for migrants, particularly when they settle in a geographically remote country with a markedly different climate and culture. This paper analyzes attitudes to city life in the country of origin and in the new homeland in personal narratives of immigrants to Israel from the countries of the former Soviet Uni...
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Anthropological Quarterly 78.3 (2005) 765-772 Ethnic conflicts in the countries of the former Soviet Union have triggered a massive wave of emotional writing by politicians, journalists, and human rights activists. The number of publications and conferences discussing events in the breakaway republic of Chechnya has probably outnumbered those devot...
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Вни мание: нумерация страниц для ссылок не подходит. Текст образован скреплением разных файлов. Несмотря на то, что файл начинается с указания на вторую часть, - тут представлена вся книга, за исключением библиографии. Опечатки в книге "Русская улица в еврейской стране": Т. 1 стр. 17 вместо (Браун 1990: 8-9) нужно (Браун 1990: 258-259). Т. 1 стр. 3...
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The goal of this essay is to analyse some cultural antecedents of stereotyping of Arabs by immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union. The material used in the essay is part of larger project devoted to personal narratives of the immigrants of the 1990s. It is based on 115 in‐depth interviews. Unlike Oriental Jews who had lived side‐by‐side...
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Abstract Immigration mobilises laymen’s awareness of language. When immigrants begin to learn a new language, comparisons between the mother tongue and a new language are inevitable. If learning occurs simultaneously with entering a new language community, speakers become more sensitive to the cultural and social implications that multilingualism i...
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For many of its users, the Internet breaks communication barriers and encourages informal exchange of knowledge and experience as well as search for others sharing similar concerns, interests and hobbies. This paper is devoted to the specifics of ghost stories as a sub-genre of urban legends. It analyzes the structure and mode of activities of the...
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Computer-mediated communication (CMC) has become a vital part of everyday life. The emphasis in CMC investigation is on the globalizing nature of the Internet, while its localizing role as the meeting place of dispersed communities has not been sufficiently researched. Defining diasporas, scholars indicate the importance of their symbolic dimension...

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Dear Colleagues,
if you have have conducted telecollaborative projects in EAP/ESP courses, could you please share your experience? What worked and what didn't? What technologies did you use? How did you assess your students' performance and what was their feedback?
Tanks to those who will take part in the discussion!
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Humor is often referred to as double-ended sword and research shows that its use in the workplace may serve to increase in-group cohesion but can also have intimidating effect. What is your experience with it in academic settings? I am familiar with research in this area and I am more interested in facts on the ground. I hope all participants can benefit from sharing experience.
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Dear Colleagues,
I am co-organizing a panel on the "Pluricentric Languages in Contemporary World: Sociocultural and Pragmatic Aspects". It will be part of the 9th Annual International Conference on Languages and Linguistics to be held in Athens, 4th - 7th of July 2016 in Athens under the auspices of ATINER, Athens Institute for Education and Research. The list of topics we propose to discuss and details about the conference can be found at http://www.atiner.gr.lngplu
We'll be happy if you are interested and wish to submit a proposal. The deadline is on March 7.

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The goal of this project is to document language contacts and the interaction of speech communities in formal and informal situations