The Phonetics of Russian

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Cambridge University Press, 2010 - Foreign Language Study - 324 pages
The Phonetics of Russian is intended to help those studying Russian to pronounce the language well, and to give students of general phonetics a knowledge of the phonetic system of Russian. In addition it serves as a reference book on Russian pronunciation. On its publication in 1969 it replaced The Pronunciation of Russian by Trofimov and Jones. The book provides a straightforward outline of the necessary general phonetic theory and the system of transcription and contains a precise description of the way in which the sounds of Russian are articulated, and how they are affected by the neighbouring sounds. The fundamentals of Russian intonation are described and there is a chapter of passages for practice in Russian pronunciation in which the phonetic transcriptions include accents marking both tone and stress. The Russian text and the English translation of the passages are provided. Throughout the book constant attention is paid to the problems of the learner and advice given for mastering the sounds.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Vowels and Consonants
10
How to Describe Consonants
19
Types of Russian Pronunciation
27
The Russian SemiVowel j
71
Labialization and Velarization
79
The Russian Fricative Consonants page
117
The Russian Affricate Consonants
146
Similitude and Assimilation
188
Accent Stress and Length
205
Intonation
217
Passages for Practice
247
EarTraining Exercises
286
Remarks on Russian Orthography
288
Chart of Russian Consonant Phonemes
299
Index of Phonetic Symbols
300

The Russian Nasal Consonants
155
The Russian Lateral Consonants
165
The Russian Rolled Consonants
175

Common terms and phrases

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