Dyer, Donald L.
About the author: Dr. Dyer, Associate Professor of Russian and Linguistics at The University of Mississippi, obtained the PhD in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Chicago. His research interests include Slavic and Balkan linguistics; syntax, morphology; and language policy. He has authored or edited five books and numerous articles, including Word Order in the Simple Bulgarian Sentence: A Study in Grammar, Semantics and Pragmatics (1992) and Studies in Moldovan: The History, Culture, Language and Contemporary Politics of the People of Moldova (1996). He has conducted research and lectured extensively n the former Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania and Poland; and currently serves as the editor of Balkanistica.1999 0-7734-8037-4
For half a century, Soviet linguists tried to drive a wedge between the Romanians of Moldova and their ethnic and linguistic kindred across the river in Romania. Attempts were made to create an independent literary language called ‘Moldavian', which according to Soviet linguistics and their followers was lexically, phonologically, even grammatically distinct from standard Romanian. These attempts failed, but for most of the Soviet period, the Romanian of Moldova.
The present work examines through a series of contemporary essays the history of Soviet language policy in Moldova. Special attentions is paid to the actual dialectal features of Moldovan Romanian, its borrowed lexical stock from Russian and the relationship between the Romanian of Moldova and other languages spoken in the region, such as Bulgarian and Gagauz. A special feature is a series of interviews in the appendices, with both politicians and academicians, including Mircea Snegur, President of Moldova.