Panteleimon Kulish language visions

  • V. V. Krasavina Associate Professor, Ukrainian Language and Literature Department, T. H. Shevchenko National University "Chernihiv Colehium"
  • L. V. Zinevich Associate Professor
Keywords: the vision of Ukrainian literary language development, literary language, spelling reform


Learning of Panteleimon’s Kulish philosophy, advocacy, and promotional activities, theoretical thoughts, the artistic creativity allow formulating a holistic author conception of literary language development in a period of its reconstruction in the XIX century. Educator defended the rights of the Ukrainian nation for the own language, that is the spiritual heart of national existence, each personality, its ability to functioning in different spheres of living. For extending the language range and creating national intelligence, Kulish started publishing "Osnova" in Petersburg. It was the first all-Ukrainian magazine, that became the voice of Ukrainian language, best Ukrainian thinking. Panteleimon Kulish insisted on the need for education in the native language. His "Grammatka" became the first primer in sub-Russian Eastern Ukraine. The spelling reform of Panteleimon Kulish was a meaningful event for Ukrainian literary language development. He has improved and gathered phonetic spelling elements that were known before but not systemized in the integrated system and popularized it on the territory of Ukraine. The artist of the word created the first Ukrainian historical-social novel and put it in the context of the world literature with its romantic direction. The language of the novel "Chorna Rada" ("The Black Council") is rich, succulent, close to folk-poetic one. It harmoniously combines archaisms and neologisms, lexical, and phrase range. The translations of Panteleimon Kulish demonstrate the ability of the Ukrainian language to rеexpress the best Western European artists such as Shakespeare, Baryon, Schiller, Goethe by own vehicles. To conclude, by artistic, scientific, translational writings and publishing, Kulish has approved the right of the Ukrainian language to the existence, asserted its suitable for functionality in all spheres of social life, fullness among other world languages. His vision of Ukrainian literary language is based on a synthesis of achievements of old literary tradition and folk- poetical resources. The spelling that he has created on the base of the phonetic concept was used widely in Galicia, which contributed to the unification written form of the Ukrainian literary language. That spelling was essential for the formation of modern Ukrainian spelling. The language resources of Panteleimon Kulish transferable and original composition have enriched the Ukrainian language poetic dictionary and presented it on a high level of culture and intelligence.


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Krasavina, V. V., and L. V. Zinevich. “Panteleimon Kulish Language Visions”. Literature and Culture of Polissya, Vol. 98, no. 14f, May 2020, pp. 207-1, doi:10.31654/2520-6966-2020-14f-98-207-217.