Acknowledgements2Abbreviations30.1 Location and number of speakers40.2 Brief overview of the Russian literary language40.3 Dialects51. Phonology61.1 Orthography61.2 Phonemic inventory91.3. Vowels and Prosody101.4 Consonants141.5 Morphophonemic alternations191.6 Pronunciations variants of CSR in Moscow and St. Petersburg211.7 Tongue twisters and diction232. Morphology242.1 Inflectional morphology242.2 Declension262.3 Indeclinable Nouns312.4 Other declensional desinences: singular322.5 Declensional desinences: plural332.6 Formation of the Genitive Plural342.7 The semantics of the Russian case system372.8 Adjectives442.9 Pronouns522.10 Numerals602.11 Time expressions652.12 Nondeclinables: Adverbs and prepositions682.13 Derivational Morphology712.14 Verbs873. Syntax1303.1 Syntax and syntactic categories1303.2 Conditionals/Hypotheticals1303.3 Grammatical particles1313.4 Verbal government1323.5 Impersonal constructions1323.6 Proverbs and collocations1343.7 Use of profanity in CSR135Bibliography136
This project would not have been possible without the reviews and criticisms of severalrespected colleagues, including Ron Feldstein, Elena Maksimova and Irina Guliakova.My special thanks to Troy Williams for his assistance in editing, glossing and preparing acamera-ready manuscript.