George Y. Shevelov was Professor Emeritus of Slavic Philology at Columbia University. He graduated from the University of Kharkiv, the Ukraine, and later taught at that university; at the Ukrainian Free University in Munich, Germany; at the University of Lund, Sweden; and at Harvard University. He published many books on Slavic philology, linguistics, and the history of literature and over three hundred articles and reviews by him have appeared in American and European scholarly publications. His books on the Ukrainian language include The Syntax of Modern Literary Ukrainian, Die Ukrainische Schriftsprache 1798–1965, and A Historical Phonology of the Ukrainian Language. He held honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Alberta, Canada and the University of Lund, Sweden.