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Comment from: Richard [Visitor]
Thanks for the post, Don. It's great to learn not just Russian grammar and vocabulary but also about the little cultural things that make up everyday life for the Russians.

Кажется, что ласточки вкусно! Конфеты, не птицы!!! :))

I have two questions:

1.) In the chart above showing the Acc/Gen plural, is the "e" inserted simply to make pronunciation easier? (i.e., drop the "a" from the nominative singular and insert an "e"?)

2.) Are all plural accusative nouns governed by the "animate accusative" rule regardless of gender?


One typo: "Ты любишль ласточек?" I don't think you need the "л" in "любишль".

Don responds: Richard, thanks for your comment. Regarding them...

1. You asked whether the insert vowel was to make pronunciation easier. It's a bit more complex than that. For the most part those insert vowels appear in places where historically there used to be ‘reduced vowels’ that in certain contexts vanished and in others did not. The general concept is described as “the fall of the yers” in Slavic languages, where the yers were vowels that might have been short or relaxed. While sometimes some people say those vowels are “to make pronunciation easier,” it’s really part of a much more complex historical process.

2. Yes, all plural accusative nouns are governed by the ‘animate accusative’ rule.

3. Thanks! Typo corrected.
09/02/13 @ 15:12
Comment from: Richard [Visitor]
Don,

Thanks for the explanation. I was aware that Russian orthography had changed in 1918, but I guess I still have a lot to learn about the evolution of the language. The evolution of any language is fascinating and I'll definitely look into this aspect of the Slavic languages.
09/03/13 @ 16:59
Comment from: MMM [Visitor] Email
Richard

"Кажется, что ласточки вкусно! Конфеты, не птицы!!! :))"

You can't say such phrase. Maybe "Оказывается, ласточки вкусные!".
02/06/14 @ 10:22

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