Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Andriy Danylenko, Ph.D., was quoted in an article for The Wall Street Journal discussing the difference between the spellings and pronunciations of the Ukrainian capital. The article mentions that most Americans are familiar with “Kiev,” used in the Russian language and retired by the United States Board on Geographic Names in 2019. However, the Ukrainian “Kyiv” has been the preferred spelling since 2006.
Danylenko mentions that spelling and pronouncing the capital correctly goes beyond a matter of geography and speaks to Ukraine’s fight for autonomy. “This is a sensitive question; it’s already politically connotated,” he says.
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