Public talk by Irina Levontina "Did we catch the language in a net?"

Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design
Bersenevskaya embankment, 14, Moscow

It is widely believed that the internet, and especially social networks, destroys the language. It simplifies grammar, impoverishes vocabulary and ruins linguistic features, replacing Russian words with English. Is this true? What is happening to vocabulary when it merges with social networks? Does this really destroy the language or does it provide new opportunities for its development? 

Irina Borisovna Levontina

Irina Levontina is a Philology Study Candidate and a Leading Researcher at the Federal State Institution of Science Russian Language Institute, Vinogradov Academy of Science.

Irina was born in 1963 in Moscow and graduated from the Philology Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1985.  She has been working at the Vinogradov Academy of Science for more than 25 years, and took part in producing “The New Explicative Synonym Dictionary of Russian Language” and “The Active Dictionary of Russian Language” (under the direction of the academic J.D. Apresyan).

Irina has published research in lexical semantics, lexicography, ethno-linguistics and the language of poetry.  She is also an expert in legal linguistic examination and an author of expired  articles on Russian language. 

Irina Levontina was an editor of the Radio Majak programme” Gramotej”. She led the language column in the newspaper “Troitsky Variant”, texts from which were included in the book “Russian with Dictionary”, which was shortlisted for the “Prosvetitel” award in 2011.

In 2015 she released a new book entitled “What is it?”.
Her scientific interests include lexical semantics, lexicography and the language of poetry.

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