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Iazychie (Ukrainian: Язичіє, Yazychiye) was an artificial language used in the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century in Halychyna, Bukovina, and Zakarpattia in publishing, mostly of a reactionary persuasion, particularly by Ukrainian Russophiles (Moskvophiles).[1] It was an inconsistent combination of lexical, phonetic and grammatical elements of the vernacular Ukrainian language (including dialects of predominantly southwestern origin), Old Ukrainian (Ruthenian language), Polish, Russian, Old Slavic.[1]

Nikolay Chernyshevsky called "Iazychie" a mutilation of the language and sharply condemned it.[1] Ivan Franko and other representatives of the west Ukrainian progressive intelligentsia opposed the use of "Iazychie".[1]

Some members of the Rusyn diaspora such as Paul Robert Magocsi consider the name pejorative to the Carpatho-Rusyn language.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Zhovtobyukh, M.A. Iazychie. Ukrainian Soviet Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ Magocsi, P.R. Iazychie. World Academy of the Carpatho-Rusyn Culture. (in Ukrainian)

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