The Russian Language in the Twentieth Century

Hardcover | February 1, 1996

byBernard Comrie, Gerald Stone, Maria Polinsky

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Bernard Comrie and Gerald Stone's The Russian Language since the Revolution (OUP 1978) provided a comprehensive account of the way Russian changed in the period between 1917 and the 1970s. In this new volume the authors, joined by Maria Polinsky, extend the time frame back to 1900 and forwardto glasnost in the mid 1980s. They first consider changes in the pronunciation, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary of the language and then examine the effects of social change on the language in chapters on the changing staus of women, modes of address and speech etiquette, and orthography. Theyshow that changes in all these areas have been very substantial, and explore the extent to which the standard language, as portrayed in dictionaries and grammars, coincides with the actual usage - both spoken and written - of educated Russians. The book will be of interest not only to students ofRussian but more generally to sociolinguists and those with an interest in language change.

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Bernard Comrie and Gerald Stone's The Russian Language Since the Revolution (OUP, 1978) provided a comprehensive account of the way Russian changed in the period between 1917 and the 1970s. In this new volume the authors, joined by Maria Polinsky, extend the time frame back to 1900 and forward to glasnost in the mid-1980s. They first c...

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Bernard Comrie and Gerald Stone's The Russian Language since the Revolution (OUP 1978) provided a comprehensive account of the way Russian changed in the period between 1917 and the 1970s. In this new volume the authors, joined by Maria Polinsky, extend the time frame back to 1900 and forwardto glasnost in the mid 1980s. They first c...

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Bernard Comrie and Gerald Stone's The Russian Language Since the Revolution (OUP, 1978) provided a comprehensive account of the way Russian changed in the period between 1917 and the 1970s. In this new volume the authors, joined by Maria Polinsky, extend the time frame back to 1900 and forward to glasnost in the mid-1980s. They first c...

Bernard Comrie is a Professor of Linguistics at University of Southern California. Gerald Stone is a University Lecturer in Slavonic Languages and Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford. Maria Polinsky is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Southern California.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:396 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.02 inPublished:February 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019824066X

ISBN - 13:9780198240662

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Bernard Comrie and Gerald Stone's The Russian Language Since the Revolution (OUP, 1978) provided a comprehensive account of the way Russian changed in the period between 1917 and the 1970s. In this new volume the authors, joined by Maria Polinsky, extend the time frame back to 1900 and forward to glasnost in the mid-1980s. They first consider changes in the pronunciation, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary of the language and then examine the effects of social change on the language in chapters on the changing status of women, modes of address, speech etiquette, and orthography. They show that changes in all these areas have been substantial, and explore the extent to which the standard language, as portrayed in dictionaries and grammars, coincides with the actual usage - both spoken and written - of educated Russians. The book will be of interest not only to students of Russian but more generally to sociolinguists and those with an interest in language change.

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`"Ably summarizes the research of the past decades and offers a detailed and readable overview of the work on these changes..Indispensable for all institutions offering Russian courses".'CHOICE