Maintaining the standard Ukrainian language: A challenge for teachers in Australia

Halyna Koscharsky*, Geoffrey Hull

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The paper deals with problems of preservation of the Ukrainian language in Australia, based on the 25-year experience of one of the authors, in teaching Ukrainian studies at Macquarie University in Sydney. Against a background of growing assimilation and the dying away of Multiculturalism as a government policy, the authors examine the structure and history of the Ukrainian community in order to explain the characteristics of dialect-influenced spoken Ukrainian, and set up categories for the other main phenomena of linguistic interference in the areas of phonology and morphosyntax. As a parallel concern, they consider a problem with special relevance in the Ukrainian homeland today, at a time when the direction of language planning is an important issue: the gap between modern standard Ukrainian and the different varieties of Ukrainian found in the diaspora.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalReview of European Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

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