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Harvard's Flier: Ukrainian as 'linguistic battleground'

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June 26, 2012, 11:25 a.m. | Ukraine — by Ilya Timtchenko

Opposition protesters clash with riot police on June 5, 2012 during a rally in front of the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev against legislation expanding the use of the Russian language in courts and hospitals in the country's eastern regions that have close ties to Moscow. AFP PHOTO/ GENIA SAVILOV
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Ilya Timtchenko

Michael Flier is the director of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. His research interests include Slavic linguistics and semiotics of medieval East-Slavic culture. In this Kyiv Post interview, Flier speaks of the structure and development of Ukrainian language and specifically of surzhyk. He shares his own research experience in the field and emphasizes the necessity of Ukrainian being the state language.

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