Re: For a change, Russian pronunciation
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, November 25, 2002, 5:14|
Peter Clark scripsit:
> > My teacher called that "yeri" or "yer[self-referrential-thingie]", accent
> > on the second syllable. I can't recall ever having seen the word written,
> > though.
> I've only heard it called "y" (/1/), which would make sense, since all of the
> vowels in Russian are named by their sounds. Perhaps it's an old slavonic
> name, similar to "az" and "buka"?
The old names of the hard sign and the soft sign were "big yer" and
"little yer". The name "yeri" is quite literally yer + i, the old
iota that is no longer used in Russian since 1917.
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