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Jakobson’s Remarks on the Evolution of Russian and the Slavic Languages


Analyzes the methodology of Jakobson’s pioneering 1929 book on historical linguistics. Introduces Jakobson’s principles of compatible and incompatible features (such as tonal accent, intensity accent, and vowel quantity). The paper then presents the historical implications of incompatible feature coexistence, resulting from phonological change, as exemplified by the various Slavic language zones after the loss of final jer vowels.

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Basic Principles of Russian Noun Stress


Presents a new analysis of the Russian stress accent system, based on the Russian noun. The system presents a total of three basic stress types to cover a multitude of actual stresses. This is achieved by predicting the behavior of each large stress type on the basis of nominative and genitive case endings. Type A is fixed; Type B is determined by genitive endings (either zero or non-zero); and Type C by nominative endings (either high/low or mid/zero).

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An Evening of Russian Music


A concert at Duke University in the Nelson Music Room on January 26th, 2014. The performers are Professor Edna Andrews (12-string guitar, soprano) and Professor Irina Guliakova (alto).

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