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Saint Tikhon’s Swedish Language Researcher Receives Visiting Researcher Status in Sweden

Dr Alexander Mankov, Senior Researcher at the Faculty of Mediaeval and Modern Languages (Faculty of Philology) at Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University of the Humanities, has received a scholarship to work for two years as a visiting researcher at the Swedish Institute at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

There is a research group at the Swedish Institute in Gothenburg that has been working for several years on the use of Swedish in in Estonia. Dr Mankov’s research topic is a complete analysis of the dialect of Gammalsvenskby (Alt-Schwedendorf or Staroschwedskoe) in the Ukraine, the speakers of which migrated from Dagö Island in Estonia.

Alexander Mankov is working on documenting the dialect of Gammalsvenskby, now called Zmievka. This is the sole living dialect of a Scandinavian language spoken within the former Soviet Union. The village is situated in Kherson Province, Ukraine. It was founded in 1782 by migrants from Dagö Island (called Hiiumaa in Estonian). The native language of those who settled in the village was not the literary Swedish of their time, but rather the Swedish dialect of Dagö Island, which is one of the Swedish dialects of Estonia. In the 18th century, the government of Empress Catherine II was undertaking efforts to settle Novorossiysk Region, and the resettlement of the Dagö villagers was part of that process. The number of Swedes in the village before the Revolution was 718. Alexander Mankov first travelled to the Ukraine in connection with his research on the village in 2004, and his subsequent trips from 2004-2010 were financed by the Swedish Institute and the Foundation for Baltic and East-European Studies. As a result of the expedition it became evident that the dialect had been preserved intact as a linguistic system and that its uncovering was a major linguistic discovery.

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