Using Russian A Guide to Contemporary Usage

ISBN-10: 052154761X
ISBN-13: 9780521547611
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)
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Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.134

Using Russian is a guide to Russian usage for those who have already acquired the basics of the language and wish to extend their knowledge. Unlike conventional grammars, it gives special attention to those areas of vocabulary and grammar which cause most difficulty to English speakers, and focuses on questions of style and register which are all too often ignored. Clear, readable and easy to consult, it will prove invaluable to students seeking to improve their fluency and confidence in Russian. This second edition has been substantially revised and expanded to incorporate fresh material and up-to-date information. Many of the original chapters have been rewritten and one brand new chapter has been added, providing a clear picture of Russian usage in the 21st century.

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Acknowledgements
Sources
Note on transcription, stress marks and transliteration
Glossary of linguistic terms
List of abbreviations
Varieties of language and register
The Russian language and its distribution
Varieties of language
Registers
The colloquial register (R1)
Demotic speech (D)
The neutral register (R2)
The higher register (R3)
Styles of belles-lettres ([characters not reproducible])
Language of the internet ([characters not reproducible])
Illustration of register in vocabulary
Regional variation in Russian
Standard pronunciation
Classification of Russian dialects
Regional features
Current debate about standard Russian
Passages illustrating register
R1: from a TV show
R1: based on a conversation in a Russian internet chatroom
R2: magazine interview with a popular actor
R2: question-and-answer session with President Putin
R3a: academic style (modern historiography)
R3a: academic style (scientific writing)
R3b: official/business style (legal)
R3b: official/business style (commercial)
R3c: political journalism (reporting)
R3c: political journalism (comment)
Classical poetry
Literary prose
Language of the internet
Problems of meaning: Russian words
Homonyms
Examples of homonyms
Homonyms with different plural forms
Homophones and homoforms
Homographs
Paronyms
Faux amis ([characters not reproducible])
Problems of number
Nouns with plural form only
Nouns with singular form only
Russian words difficult to render in English
Problems of translation from English into Russian
English words difficult to render in Russian
Translation of the verb to be
Translation of English modal auxiliary verbs
Transitive and intransitive verbs
Translation of English forms ending in -ing
Translation of too, also, as well
Vocabulary and idiom
Neologisms
Western loanwords in Russian
Recent loanwords from English
Neologisms derived from existing Russian words
Slang
Computing terminology
Transition words
Fillers
Modal particles
Interjections
Vulgar language
Idioms
Proverbs and sayings ([characters not reproducible])
Similes
Language and everyday life
Measurement
Length, distance, height
Area
Weight
Volume
Russian pre-revolutionary units of measure
Speed
Temperature
Currency
Fractions and presentation of numerals
Time
Telephone numbers
Postal addresses
Family relationships
Public notices
Abbreviations of titles, weights, measures and common expressions
Acronyms and alphabetisms
Names of countries and nationalities
Russia and the other states of the former Soviet Union
Other regions and national minorities of Russia and the former Soviet Union
Europe ([characters not reproducible])
Africa ([characters not reproducible])
America ([characters not reproducible])
Asia ([characters not reproducible])
The Middle East ([characters not reproducible])
Australia and New Zealand
Words denoting inhabitants of Russian and former Soviet cities
Jokes ([characters not reproducible]) and puns ([characters not reproducible])
Verbal etiquette
Introductory remarks
Use of [characters not reproducible] and [characters not reproducible]
Personal names
First names ([characters not reproducible])
Patronymics ([characters not reproducible])
Attracting attention ([characters not reproducible])
Introductions ([characters not reproducible])
Greetings ([characters not reproducible])
Farewells ([characters not reproducible])
Congratulation ([characters not reproducible])
Wishing ([characters not reproducible])
Gratitude ([characters not reproducible])
Apologising ([characters not reproducible])
Request ([characters not reproducible])
Invitation ([characters not reproducible])
Reassurance and condolence ([characters not reproducible])
Compliments ([characters not reproducible])
Telephone conversations ([characters not reproducible])
Letter writing ([characters not reproducible])
Word-formation
Principles of word-formation
Types of consonant, spelling rules and consonant changes
Hard and soft consonants
Use of the hard sign
Devoicing of consonants
Spelling rules
Consonant changes
Epenthetic [characters not reproducible]
Verbal prefixes
Noun prefixes
Adjectival prefixes
The verbal infixes [characters not reproducible]
Noun suffixes
The principal noun suffixes
Noun suffixes denoting females
Miscellaneous noun suffixes
Diminutive, augmentative and expressive suffixes
Diminutive and hypocoristic suffixes
Double diminutive suffixes
The augmentative suffix [characters not reproducible]
Pejorative suffixes
The principal adjectival suffixes
Suffixes of participial origin
The verbal suffixes [characters not reproducible]
Composition
Compound nouns
Compound adjectives
Inflection
Declension of the noun
Gender
Basic declensional patterns of the noun
Mobile vowels
Genitive singular forms in [characters not reproducible]
Locative singular forms in [characters not reproducible]
Masculine nouns with nominative plural in [characters not reproducible]
Irregularities in the genitive plural of nouns
Irregularities in dative/instrumental/prepositional plural forms
Nouns which are irregular throughout the plural
Nouns with irregular declension throughout
Declension of surnames
Indeclinable nouns
Declension of pronouns
Adjectival forms
Declension of adjectives
Formation of short adjectives
Formation of short comparatives
Formation of adverbs
Declension of numerals
Verb forms
The system of conjugation
1A verbs
1B verbs with vowel stems and unstressed endings
1B verbs with stems in [pi] and p and unstressed endings
1B verbs with vowel stems and stressed endings
1B verbs with consonant stems and unstressed endings
1B verbs with consonant stems and stressed endings
Second-conjugation verbs
Irregular verbs
Formation of the past tense
Formation of the imperative
Formation of gerunds and participles
Formation of imperfective gerunds
Formation of perfective gerunds
Formation of present active participles
Formation of past active participles
Formation of present passive participles
Formation of past passive participles
Prepositions
Valency of prepositions
Prepositions followed by apparent nominative forms
Prepositions governing the accusative
Prepositions governing the genitive
Prepositions governing the dative
Prepositions governing the instrumental
Prepositions governing the prepositional or locative
Prepositional phrases based on nouns
Verbs followed by prepositions
Verbs followed by prepositions governing the accusative
Verbs followed by prepositions governing the genitive
Verbs followed by prepositions governing the dative
Verbs followed by prepositions governing the instrumental
Verbs followed by prepositions governing the prepositional
Rendering of English prepositions in Russian
Syntax
Use of the cases
Use of the nominative
Use of the accusative
Use of case to denote animate direct object
Basic uses of the genitive
Verbs governing the genitive
Case of direct object after a negated verb
Basic uses of the dative
Verbs governing the dative
Basic uses of the instrumental
Verbs governing the instrumental
Use of the prepositional
Use of pronouns
Use of [characters not reproducible] as a relative pronoun
Use of [characters not reproducible] and [characters not reproducible] as interrogative pronouns
Use of negative pronouns ([characters not reproducible] etc.)
Use of [characters not reproducible], etc.
Use of the particles [characters not reproducible]
Use of [characters not reproducible]
Use of short adjectives
Use of numerals
Use of [characters not reproducible]
Use of numerals higher than one in nominative/accusative
Use of numerals in oblique cases
Use of numerals with animate direct object
Use of collective numerals
Approximation
Agreement of predicate with a subject containing a cardinal numeral
Translation of years and people after numerals
Distributive expressions
Time
Dates
Distance
Nouns expressing number
Use of aspects
Basic distinction between the aspects
Effect of adverbial modifiers
Use of aspect in the indicative
Use of aspect in the infinitive
Use of aspect in negative constructions
Use of aspect in the imperative
Problems in choice of tense
Use of verbs of motion
Use of reflexive verbs
The conditional mood
The subjunctive mood
Use of gerunds and participles
Use of gerunds
Use of active participles
Use of present passive participles
Use of past passive participles
Conjunctions
Coordinating conjunctions
Subordinating conjunctions
Subordinating conjunctions used in R1 or R3
Syntactic features of colloquial speech
Word order
Punctuation
Use of capital letters
Stress
Introductory remarks
Stress in nouns
Masculine nouns
Feminine nouns
Neuter nouns
Irregular stress in certain prepositional singular forms
Prepositions that attract stress in certain phrases
Stress in adjectives
Stress in verbs
Stress in first-conjugation verbs
Stress in second-conjugation verbs
Stress in past-tense forms
Stress in gerunds and participles
Miscellaneous points
Variation in stress
Index of Russian words, phrases and affixes
General index

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