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Polish Language in Russian-speaking Social Media: the Visual and Phonetic Stereotypes

Student: Nataliia Alianskaia

Supervisor: Aleksey Vasiliev

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Cultural and Intellectual History: Between East and West (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2021

The master's thesis "Polish Language in Russian-speaking Social Media: the Visual and Phonetic Stereotypes" consists of 80 pages and contains an introduction, 4 main sections, a conclusion, an appendix and a list of sources and literature. In the first chapter of the work, an attempt is made to establish the features of the Russian-Polish cultural transfer, as well as to give an extended explanation of the term "stereotype" as a factor in the formation of the image of "alien". The second chapter contains a research paper based on a sociological study. It problematizes the issue of perception of the Polish language on the basis of various media objects, and also provides an analysis of visual materials collected in the framework of the survey. In addition, special attention will be paid to the phonetic features and complexities of the Polish language, which affect its perception in the Russian-speaking environment, as well as the conclusions and trends obtained as a result of this study. The third chapter aims to establish the features of the visual aspect of the Polish language, to give a historical context and show the chain of development of the written language of the Polish language, as well as to analyze the materials and data obtained through research aimed at studying the perception of the graphics of the Polish language. In the fourth and final chapter, the task is to summarize the results of both studies, present conclusions and solutions, as well as identify possible prospects and specifics of the development of the topic. In accordance with the tasks and goals set, the paper considers the theoretical aspects of the study of Russian-Polish relations, identifies the peculiarities of perception of the sound and graphics of the Polish language, identifies the main trends in the development of stereotypes about the Polish language, analyzes the data obtained in the course of the study and identifies the main problems of forming ideas about the Polish language. It was found out whether the sound and graphics of the Polish language are its characteristic cultural markers in the Russian-speaking environment, as well as an analysis of the emotional perception of visual and phonetic stereotypes.

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