Language: living and modern culture

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As we have informed earlier, the round table under the title Language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage dedicated to the Year of Indigenous Languages has been held on May 16, 2019, in the city of Melitopol, organized by the Melitopol State Pedagogical University named after B. Khmelnytsky, the Development Centre “Democracy through Culture” (Kyiv), the Karaite National Society Djamaat, and Cultural Department of the Melitopol City Council.

The issues discussed at the round table were related to the intangible cultural heritage or, so called, “living heritage” based on the safeguarding and development of the language. In particular, the following topics were presented:

Traditional, modern and living – inherited culture oriented towards the future. Valentyna Demian, vice director of the Development Centre “Democracy through Culture’ (Kyiv).  

Dialogue of languages – dialogue of cultures (on the basis of research of Low Dnipro River Region). Iryna Pavlenko, Doctor of Philology, professor, head of Slavic Philology Department of Zaporizhzhia State National University (Zaporizhzhia).

Dynamics of linguistic structure of Melitopol population (1897-2001). Mykola Krylov, Ph.D. of Geography, Associate Professor (Melitopol).  

Language of each people is incomparable and own: 2019 is an International Year of Indigenous Languages. Olena Arabadji, Ph.D. of Geography, Associate Professor, Director of Scientific Methodological Center for intangible cultural heritage of Azov region nations at the Melitopol State Pedagogical University.  

Language of Azov region Greeks: old Greek dialects. Problems and perspectives for safeguarding. Olha Levada, Ph.D. of Geography, Associate Professor of Tourism, Social Economic Geography and Regional Studies Department of the Melitopol State Pedagogical University.  

Perspectives of Bulgarian language teaching within Bulgarian diaspora in Ukraine. Dr Krasimira Koleva, Lecturer of Bulgarian language and literature in Shumen University “Bishop Konstantin of Preslav”.

Language as a reflection of value and semantic construct of multicultural unity. Tamara TroitskaDoctor of Philosophy, Professor of History Department of the Melitopol State Pedagogical University.

Sofia Yalpachyk, one of the elder of Karaite community of Melitopol presented her Karaite-language textbook Let the native language sound, the first of its kind.

At the end of the round table, representatives of nations and nationalities addressed the participants in their native languages with wishes and thanks to the event organizer, Vice-Rector of the Melitopol State Pedagogical University, Olena Arabadji, for high professional level, nice organization and hospitality. The Development Centre “Democracy through Culture” joins this acknowledgement.

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For reference: 2019 is declared the Year of Indigenous Languages by the United Nations: “Indigenous languages matter for development. Peace building and reconciliation. But languages around continue to disappear in an alarming rate. With this in mind, the United Nations declared 2019 The Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) (

We recall that the Article 2 of UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage states that “the intangible cultural heritage is manifested inter alia in… oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage”.