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Old Believers, Language of the
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The Russian Old Believers are descendants of confessional dissidents within the Russian Orthodox Church who had to abandon the Russian ethnic territory. Since the mid-17th century, they have settled in various areas “around” and less accessible confines of the proper Russia. After centuries of isolation and weakened links with the mainstream Russian-language community, the language varieties spoken…

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Wicherkiewicz, Tomasz, “Old Believers, Language of the”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief Marc L. Greenberg. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_034773>
First published online: 2020

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