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ERIC Number: ED031695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Word Count of Spoken Russian: The Soviet Usage. II, Sentence Structure.
The aim of this study is to supply the Russian language teacher with information about the patterns most frequently and consistently occurring in common speech. It begins with a discussion of normative grammar and linguistic reality, colloquial language, the sentence, sentence length, short expressions, and generative grammar. Sentences used in the sample were taken from 93 Soviet plays written since 1957. It was found that sentences of one to ten words (95 per cent of all the sentences) absorb 83 per cent of all words in ordinary conversations. The most favored sentence structures consist of only two or three words. (Three of the appendices list the one-, two-, and three-word sentences found in the study.) The relationship of structure to function is treated in detail, as are grammatical organization, word order and government, and syntactic patterns. Thirty-eight tables illustrating various aspects of the study are included. A glossary provides the student with information about the ways in which the most commonly used words (see ED 012 352) are related to others in frequently observed word-combinations. Also appended is a table showing the distribution of grammatical forms and functions per 1000 sentences. (DO)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literature.