Vasyl Nimchuk, the famous Ukrainian linguist, corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, passed away. According to his friend, poet Vasyl Kuzan, Nimchuk died in his home village of Dovge, Zakarpattya region, western Ukraine.
The farewell ceremony is slated for Monday.
Nimchuk, 84, greatly contributed to studies into the Old Slavonic language, as well as history, dialects, and onomatology of the Ukrainian literary language and history of Ukrainian linguistics. The scientist was the one who supervised the process of development of the 1999 Ukrainian orthography. It was never adopted by the Parliament officially, but some modern Ukrainian writers and poets widely use this orthography – particularly, for stylistic reasons.