Book Talk: Ukrainian-English Collocation Dictionary


Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 1:15pm to 2:30pm


Zoom Webinar and YouTube

Yuri Shevchuk, Columbia University
With comments by Volodymyr Dibrova, Harvard University
Moderated by Michael Flier, Harvard University

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Book covers Collocation Dictionary



The Ukrainian-English Collocation Dictionary describes the core Ukrainian lexicon and how it is used in contemporary speech. It has no precedents in Slavic lexicography and combines elements of six types of dictionaries: translation, collocation, learner’s, thesaurus, phraseological and encyclopedic dictionaries. It is meant for a wide range of users, including Ukrainian language learners from elementary to superior levels of proficiency, translators, language instructors, professionals who work in Ukrainian-English bilingual environment, native Ukrainian-speakers who wish to improve their English and enrich their Ukrainian.

After author Yuri Shevchuk's presentation of the dictionary, HURI's Volodymyr Dibrova will offer comments about the volume's use in the classroom, speaking from his experience putting the text to use during the 2021 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute.

About the Speaker

Yuri ShevchukYuri I. Shevchuk, Ph. D., is a lecturer of Ukrainian at Columbia University in the City of New York since 2004 and a leading specialist in Ukrainian-English lexicography. From 1990-2012, he also taught Ukrainian at the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute. His published translations include George Orwell’s Animal Farm, (1990, 2015) and Orest Subtelny bestselling Ukraine, A History (1991). He authored Beginner’s Ukrainian with Interactive Online Workbook (2011, 2013, 2016), a popular textbook for American college students and independent learners worldwide, published by Hippocrene Books. He writes and speaks on issues of language, identity, culture and Ukrainian cinema. His forthcoming publication is the first ever conceptual study of the use of language in Ukrainian Soviet and post-Soviet cinema.

Comments: Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University 

Moderator: Michael S. Flier, Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University



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