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Pronunciation Rules for Russian

A Systematic Approach for Converting Russian Spelling to Sound


Publication Year: 2010

This book presents a systematic approach to the spelling and pronunciation of Contemporary Standard Russian. Beginning with the standard orthography, three transcriptions are derived: the first is appropriate for grammatical (morphological) analysis, the second and third for phonology and phonetics. Students start with what they know—the spelling—and, by using ordered sets of rules, they learn to rewrite Russian words in a way that shows the details of their actual pronunciation. The principles reflected in the rules are valid for all Russian words and are worth knowing in their own right; at the same time, students become familiar with many of the notational devices and technical terms that are commonly used in linguistic description, in addition to many basic grammatical principles of the Russian language. This book may be used by students with one year of Russian and is suitable also for advanced classes.

Published by: Slavica Publishers


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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. 1-3


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p. 4

Rule Blocks

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1. Introduction

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pp. 7-12

This is a revised and abridged version of Reading Rules for Russian. A Systematic Approach to Russian Spelling and Pronunciation, With Notes on Dialectal and Stylistic Variation by Bruce L. Derwing and Tom M.S. Priestly (Columbus OH: Slavica Publishers, Inc., 1980; henceforth, RRR). That book arose out of needs which had been identified in the late 1960s: ...

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2. From Standard Orthography to Regularized Orthography

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pp. 13-30

The standard orthography (SO) of CSR is defined as the way in which the language is ordinarily represented in written form, as in books, magazines, newspapers, etc.. In other words, it is the familiar and traditional spelling system of the language, incorporating the major spelling reforms of 1917–18. ...

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3. From Regularized Orthography to Phoneticized Orthography

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pp. 31-82

In this chapter we present 19 blocks of rules to derive a Phoneticized Orthography (PO) from the Regularized Orthography (RO) which was derived in Chapter 2. These rule-blocks are set out under twelve different headings, the titles of which serve to emphasize the fact that only a limited number of processes are actually involved. ...

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4. From Phoneticized Orthography to Phonetic Transcription

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pp. 83-94

In this chapter we convert our phoneticized orthography (PO) to a phonetic transcription (PT). For this latter we use a style of transcription which is current in North America and common among Slavists on the European Continent; in 4.6. we provide a conversion chart from this style to other styles, ...

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5. Extensions and Interpretations

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pp. 95-116

In this chapter we touch on information that is supplementary to what is set out in the foregoing chapters, and briefly discuss some interpretations of the data. Specifically, in 5.1. we mention some of the problems that would be involved in writing a set of exhaustive rules that would account for the pronunciation of all the forms prescribed in OSRJa; in 5.2., ...


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pp. 117-120


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pp. 121-124


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pp. 125-126


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pp. 127-133

Wrap-Around Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780893577995
E-ISBN-10: 0893577995
Print-ISBN-13: 9780893572990
Print-ISBN-10: 0893572993

Page Count: 137
Publication Year: 2010

OCLC Number: 835769042
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Pronunciation Rules for Russian

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  • Russian language -- Pronunciation.
  • Russian language -- Orthography and spelling.
  • Russian language -- Phonology.
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