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Ukrainian linguistic elements in the Russian language in the 17-18th centuries (1680-1760)

Cymbalistyj, Petro; (1990) Ukrainian linguistic elements in the Russian language in the 17-18th centuries (1680-1760). Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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The object of this work is to ascertain by philological analysis the Ukrainian linguistic contribution to the Russian language in the 17-18th centuries. Reviews of the previous works related to the subject show that, save a couple of relevant articles, no significant linguistic research on the subject has been undertaken. This work, it is hoped, will make a contribution to fill the gap in this area. I. Closer investigation of the Ukrainian-Russian relations, cultural and military, reveals that, owing to a more advanced education and literacy standard in the Ukraine than existed in Russia, cultural relations became in fact a strong cultural and linguistic influence on Muscovy. Moscow, striving to raise its educational level, and admiring the Kiev, European yet Orthodox, type of learning, appealed for help. Kiev, the Church, educational and cultural leaders responded. The Ukrainians - scholars, authors, higher clergy, teachers, preachers, singers, interpreters - invited by the Tsar, introduced to Muscovy Ukrainian education, baroque sermon, Kiev part singing, corrected the Moscow Church books, organized schools, reorganized and directed the Moscow Academy and the Russian Church and became factors of considerable cultural and linguistic significance and consequences. II. Findings from detail linguistic analysis (Part II) confirm (as outlined in Part I) an extensive and varied Ukrainian lexical presence in Russian; they also identify the Ukrainian cultural activities and achievements in Russia as well as the accompanying professionals bringing along the necessary terminology as the main agents and exponents of the Ukrainian cultural and linguistic influence on Russian. III. Reviews and examination of our Observations' results bring to light some outstanding exclusively or characteristically Ukrainian linguistic features in Russian: phonetic: e = e, e = I (virs, Minsk), foreign i > e (in spelling) (vevat- , ak0elo'), widespread rhyming e:i:y in Russian, widespread pronunciation of T as h' (boh, boha, holub, Herasim'), notably by the educated classes and clergy: semantic Ukrainianisms (veza, fcas); Ukrainian gender vacillations (perlo, perla, privilie, privilej), also identifying at the same time Ukrainian as a medium for West European and WSI words in Russian. These arguments add to the evidence by which the Ukrainian lexical contnbution, its scope and nature, to the 17-18th centuries Russian is ascertained. There are 614 words of several semantic groupings - literary, education, religious, administrative, Cossack military, trade, crafts, 90 words of material culture, distributed almost equally between abstract and concrete groups of vocabulary.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Ukrainian linguistic elements in the Russian language in the 17-18th centuries (1680-1760)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10121649
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