Shibboleth: Kyrgyz or Uzbek?

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    In his recent post “Accent and History,” Khan asked whether it’s possible to escape the prison of our accent and our language. Looking at the civil war and humanitarian disaster that is currently raging in and around the city of Osh in Southern Kyrgyzstan, it’s hard to imagine a positive answer. By all accounts, it’s Kyrgyz against Uzbek. Osh, which is only 5km from the border with Uzbekistan, has a majority Uzbek population and Uzbeks there have been campaigning for autonomy and/or annexation by Uzbekistan since before the fall of the Soviet Union.
    Original languageEnglish
    Specialist publicationLanguage on the move
    PublisherLanguage on the move
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2010

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    • 200401 applied linguistics and educational linguistics
    • 200405 language in culture and society (sociolinguistics)


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