Ways of speaking, responsibility, and the animals ‘of the forest’ in north-western Russia

Laura Siragusa

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Abstract

Ways of speaking are not limited to specific narratives, which the local villagers share, as is the case of the story presented by Marina Ivanovna, but also encompass different genres and structural features of the Vepsian language. Both mecživatad and kodiživatad can display an odd behaviour, such as making an appearance in the village, despite being usually located in the forest, and this prompts Vepsian villagers to engage either with a certain genre and structural feature of their heritage language or in a narrative that is often highly politicized and expressed in the Russian language. Veps, a Finno-Ugric minority in the Russian Federation, live in a Northwest Russian territory that they share with other nationalities, such as Russians, Karelians and Ingrians. The mecživatad are supposed to dwell in the forest and not to gain territory in the area inhabited by humans and kodiživatad.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging the Return of the Wild
Subtitle of host publicationHuman Encounters with Wolves in Europe
EditorsMichaela Fenske, Bernhard Tschofen
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter11
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781351127783
ISBN (Print)9780815353416
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2020

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