Assistant Professor of Russian and Director, Russian Language Program
Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College
Field of Specialty
Heritage languages (Russian), bilingualism, bilingual code-switching
Second language acquisition general and language specific (Russian)
Methods of second language instruction; language teacher education
Shiffman Humanities Center 206
Irina Y Dubinina
I have a deep professional and personal interest in bilingualism and, more specifically, in its particular type known as "heritage bilingualism" which describes speakers who grow up with two languages, but whose chronologically first language follows a divergent acquisitional path as a result of an interruption by the introduction of a societally dominant language. Such situations are common in immigrant families all over the world where the home language of bilingual child becomes his or her heritage language which is much weaker than the dominant societal language of the host country. My work in the area of heritage bilingualism has focused on the production and comprehension of requests by speakers of heritage Russian in the U.S. I am also involved in research on bilingual children's language development (comparing data collected in Russia for monolingual children, and data collected in Germany and the USA for bilingual data) and in research on word order patterns (discourse pragmatics) in oral narratives of heritage speakers of Russian.
Dubinina, I. & Polinsky, M.. "Russkiy yazyk v SShA." The Russian Language Outside Russia. Moscow: RGGU, 2011 (forthcoming)
Dubinina, Irina Y. "PROJECT-BASED LEARNING WITH HERITAGE LANGUAGE LEARNERS: WHY, WHAT, AND HOW." American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (Annual Convention). Boston. 11/18/2016.
Dubinina, Irina Y. & Sophia A. Malamud. ""Emergent communicative norm in a contact language: indirect requests in Heritage Russian"." Linguistics Journal, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language Study 55. 1 (2017): 67-116.
Dubinina, Irina Y. "Annotated corpus of child, émigré, and heritage Russian: a resource for study of incomplete acquisition and attrition.." Ninth Heritage Language Research Institute, Seattle, WA. 06/16/2016.
Dubinina, Irina Y. "The Russian Language Outside the Nation.." Rev. of The Russian Language Outside the Nation., by Lara Ryazanova-Clarke,ed.. Slavic and East European Journal vol. 59.4 (Winter 2015) 2016: 663-664.
Dubinina, I. and Polinsky, M.. "Russian in the USA." Slavic Languages in Migration. Ed. M.Moser. Wien: University of Vienna, 2012
Dubinina, Irina. "How to ask for a favor: A pilot study in Heritage Russian pragmatics.." Instrumentarium of Linguistics: Sociolinguistic Approaches to Non-Standard Russian. vol. 40 Ed. A. Mustajoki, E.Protassova, and N. Vakhtin. Helsinki: University of Helsinki, 2011. 418-431.
in cooperation with Irina Dubinina, authors Maria Lekic, Dan Davidson, Kira Gore. Live from Russia. Second Edition ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2009.
Dubinina, Irina Y. Prisposoblenie k interesam sobesednika: vybor jazyka dla mezhlichnostnogo obschenia v Respublike Moldova. Proc. of Russkii jazyk v Respublike Moldova: realii i perspectivy (Russian Language in the Republic of Moldova: realias and perspectives). Chishinau, Moldova: Tsentr russkoi kultury v RM, 2007.
|EL||94a||Experiential Learning Practicum|
|RUS||10a||Beginning Russian I|
|RUS||20b||Beginning Russian II|
|RUS||29b||Russian Language for Russian Speakers|
|RUS||30a||Intermediate Russian I|
|RUS||105a||Russia Today: Advanced Language Skills through Contemporary Culture|
|RUS||106b||Advanced Russian Language through Film|
|RUS||115b||Topics in Russian Culture and Society|
|RUS||150b||Advanced Russian Language through 20th Century Literature|
|RUS||153a||Advanced Russian Language through 19th Century Literature|
|RUS||160b||Russian/Soviet Jews: Dual Identities in Text, Image and Music|