Russian Studies Program

This page contains Russian language study materials of three sorts. First, there is an on-line active and interactive reference grammar of Russian based on the single-stem system of Roman Jakobson.  Second, there are links to dictionaries other materials required for the study of the Russian language. Finally, there is a section on Cyrillic fonts and keyboards necessary to navigate Russian sites. Additional aids will be added in the future. 

I. Russian Grammar

The Interactive On-Line Russian Reference Grammar
This on-going project comprises a basic grammar of the Russian language covering the alphabet, the basic pronunciation rules, the basic rules of verbal, nominal, adjectival morphology and the rules of basic syntax where they differ radically from English.

Russnet
Russnet is a major on-line Russian language resource sponsored by is sponsored by ACTR. It is specifically aimed at both learners of Russian and those who teach Russian. The site is funded by the Ford Foundation, the Dodge Foundation, and from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).

Conversational Russian Course
by E. D. Shtefan
This very complete (20 lessons) course was written for Koreans but contains no language other than Russian. For this reason it will require a classroom or a bilingual tutor. It includes conversations, exercises, and readings. An excellent resource.

Russia Today
Tom Beyer's page contains a slide show of Russian signs with English equivalents--a perfect way to practice the Cyrillic alphabet while familiarizing yourself with the culture. The site also contains some language aids and an introduction to Russian culture with a small "c". (This link will open a new browser for you; to return to the Bucknell site, close that browser and you will automatically return here.)

Dictionary of Period Russian Names
This is actually a discussion of the formation of Russian names (people and cities) along with an index of thousands of Russian names and their roots. A monumental work by Paul Wickenden. If you have a question about Russian onomastics, the answer is probabaly here.

A Russian-English Collocational Dictionary of the Human Body
This is a commercial for a larger dictionary by Slava Paperno and offered for sale by Slavica but is also a useful on-line resource containing lexical information for about 70 basic terms for parts of the body. The definitions provide orthographical, morphological, semantic, syntactic, and lexical information about the entry plus myriad examples. Fonts are available at the site.

II. Russian On-line Dictionaries 

Ozhegov's Russian Dictionary
The classical Russian dictionary in its umpteenth edition is now available electronically. It still provides good coverage and excellent entry information; moreover, entries are screened by Agama's morphological analyzer, so that you may enter any form of a words, 1sg of a verb, InsPl of a noun, and the analyzer will convert it to the citation form.

III. Russian On-line Translators 

PROMPT Internet Translation Service
For those lacking the ROL subscription price, here is a free Russian-English translator. The quality is pretty much the same as the ROL translator.

IV. Cyrillic and Other Fonts 

The Tavultesoft Keyboard Manager
and the KOI8-R fonts used at Bucknell may be found here.

AATSEEL Font and Keyboard Page
The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages now maintains a very rich source of Cyrillic fonts and keyboard drivers, compliments of Alex Drozd.

Yamada Language Laboratory, University of Oregon
Yamada Language Lab offers a large catalog of Cyrillic KOI8 fonts in a variety of attractive styles. Yamada specializes in Mac fonts but has a few fonts for the PC, too.

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