Rodnaya rech'

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304 pp., 8.5 x 11
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ISBN: 9781626166394 (1626166390)


August 2019
LC: 2018014462

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Rodnaya rech'
An Introductory Course for Heritage Learners of Russian
Irina Dubinina and Olesya Kisselev

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Rodnaya rech', an introductory textbook for heritage learners, addresses the unique needs of students who have at least intermediate-level listening and speaking skills on the ACTFL scale but who have underdeveloped or nonexistent literacy skills. With an emphasis on conceptual understanding of vocabulary and grammar, Rodnaya rech' builds students' literacy skills and teaches them to strategically use the linguistic intuition they have gained as heritage speakers while strengthening all four skill areas.

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Irina Y. Dubinina is associate professor of Russian at Brandeis University, where she also directs the Russian language program. She has extensive experience teaching Russian as a second and heritage language.

Olesya Kisselev is an assistant professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at University of Texas at San Antonio. She has many years of experience teaching Russian as a second and heritage language.


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"Until very recently, bilingual (heritage) speakers were invisible in language classrooms; language teachers were not sure what to do with them and tried to avoid or ignore them. This textbook offers a fresh approach to teaching these speakers. Building on their strengths in listening and speaking, it provides a unique framework for language instruction for bilinguals, with two separate but complementary goals in mind: learning to use the language in the real world on a day-to-day basis and appreciating the complex structure that underlies it.

Dubinina and Kisselev are at the top of their game: applying modern, innovative teaching methods, bringing to the fore the rich culture behind modern spoken Russian, and engaging their students in a sophisticated dialogue. This textbook will be a gold standard for future textbooks designed for heritage speakers of different languages."—Maria Polinsky, professor, Department of Linguistics and Language Science Center, University of Maryland, College Park

Table of Contents

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface

Introduction
Phonetics
Syllables
Vowels
Consonants: Hard-soft pairs
The hard sign and the soft sign
Voiced and voiceless consonants
Word stress: Stressed and unstressed vowels
Morphology: The composition of a word
Morphological principle of spelling
Writing unstressed vowels
  • Spelling of prefixes
  • Spelling of suffixes
  • Spelling of unstressed vowels in the root
  • Vowels and consonants of the root that cannot be checked
  • Grammar: Parts of speech
    Adverbs
    Nouns
  • Gender - Nuances of adjectival endings
  • Number - Exceptions
  • Summary
    Chapter 1: How to describe people
    In focus: Word meaning
    In focus: Form and structure
    Parts of speech: Adjectives and adverbs
    Noun-adjective agreement
    Adjectival endings
  • Nuances of adjectival endings
  • Superlative degree of adjectives
    Summary
    Chapter 2: How to talk about daily routine
    Central focus: The meaning of words
    Central focus: The form of words
    Verbs
    The Infinitive
    Reflexive verbs
  • Spelling of the particle –СЯ in reflexive verbs
  • Verb tense
  • Past tense
  • Present tense and future tense
  • Endings of conjugated verbs
  • Consonant mutation
  • Tricky verbs
  • Verbs with the -ОВА- suffix
  • Verbs of the type ДАВАТЬ
  • Irregular verbs
    Summary
    Chapter 3: How to describe past, present, and future events
    Central focus: The meaning of words
    Central focus: The form of words
    Verbal aspect
    Imperfective and perfective forms of verbs
    Functions of verbal aspect
    Verbal aspect and tense
  • Verbal aspect and adverbs
  • Tricky aspectual pairs
    Summary
    Chapter 4: How to talk about family and friends
    Central focus: The meaning of words
    Central focus: The form of words
    Grammatical case
    Genitive case of nouns
  • Important nuances
  • Adjectives and possessive pronouns in the genitive case
    Personal pronouns in the genitive case
    Functions of the genitive case
  • Possession: Expressing the idea of ‘having’
  • Expressing belonging: Whose?
  • Attributive function
  • Insufficient amount of something, lack of something or absence of something or somebody
    Summary
    Chapter 5: How to describe a community where I live
    Central focus: The meaning of words
    Central focus: The form of words
  • Plural nouns in the genitive case
  • Plural adjectives in the genitive case
  • Important details on the form of the plural genitive
  • The fill vowel
  • Exceptions
  • Additional function of the genitive case: counting
  • Summary
    Chapter 6: How to talk about academic studies
    Central focus: The meaning of words
    Central focus: The form of words
    Accusative of nouns and adjectives: Singular
    Personal pronouns in the accusative case
    Functions of the accusative case
  • Function 1: Direct object
  • Function 2: Direction and directionality
  • Function 3: Accusative case with prepositions
  • Accusative of nouns and adjectives: Plural
    Summary

    Chapter 7: How to talk about trips and travel
    Central focus: The meaning of words
    Verbs of motion
  • Directionality
  • Conveyance: On foot vs. via transportation
  • Prefixed verbs of motion
  • Generalized meaning of verbs of motion
  • Central focus: The form of words
    Conjugation of verbs of motion
    Direction/destination and directionality
    Review of the accusative singular
    Verbs of positioning, self-positioning and location
    Review of the accusative plural
    Summary
    Chapter 8: How to talk about feelings and emotions
    Central focus: The meaning of words
    Central focus: The form of words
    Dative case of nouns
    Singular adjectives and possessive pronouns in the dative case
    Personal pronouns in the dative case
    Describing emotional states
    Plural nouns, adjectives and possessive pronouns in the dative case
    Verbs requiring the dative case
    Different endings—different meanings—different cases
    Summary
    Chapter 9: How to talk about where people live
    Central focus: The meaning of words
    Central focus: The form of words
    Prepositional case of nouns
    Functions of the prepositional case
    Personal pronouns in the prepositional case
    Adjectives and possessive pronouns in the prepositional case
    Expressions of time in Russian
    Summary
    Chapter 10: How to talk about people’s interests
    Central focus: The meaning of words
    Central focus: The form of words
    Instrumental case of nouns
    Functions of the instrumental case
    Adjectives and possessive pronouns in the instrumental case
    Personal pronouns in the instrumental case
    Verbs requiring the instrumental case
  • The verb ‘to be’ in the instrumental case
  • Summary
    Chapter 11: Tying it all together
    Categories of gender and number
    Categories of case
    Subject and object
    Talking about places: Location, direction, point of departure
    Spatial prepositions
    Expressions of time
    Temporal prepositions
    Categories of verbal tense and aspect
    Competition of aspect
    Verb government of cases
    Co-occurance of words
    Parting words