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Der Einfluss der sowjetischen offiziellen Kultur auf den Inhalt der Erinnerungen und den Sprachgebrauch der älteren Generation

Julia Arskaja

IMPACT OF SOVIET OFFICIAL CULTURE ON CONTENTS OF MEMORIES AND LANGUAGE HABITS OF OLDER GENERATION

The article discusses parallels between commonplaces of Soviet official discourse and the language of elderly people’s recollections of their life in the Soviet time. It is stated that the respondents repeat the themes and word usage of the Soviet official discourse when talking about their personal memories. They often replace their own recollections with episodes from Soviet films, documentaries or TV programmes. The phenomenon of personal disposition to remember the discourse rather than the facts may provide an answer to the question why Soviet discursive devices can be still efficiently used in ideological propaganda in contemporary Russia.