This volume is the joint work of Russian and Finnish phoneticians. The articles describe the Russian and Finnish phonetic systems both at the segmental and at prosodic levels, and present new data concerning spontaneous and read-aloud speech. The results are based on empirical phonetic research carried out in the 21st century using the latest equipment. This volume will help the reader to get acquainted with the Russian and Finnish phonetic systems, and if desired, to gain more in-depth information about the latest research into these two languages.
The Editors: Viola de Silva, Ph.D., is an emerita lecturer of Russian language at the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland). She graduated with M.A. degree from Moscow State University in 1970. In 1999 she defended her doctoral dissertation. She has coordinated and participated in various projects most of which involved phonetics. Riikka Ullakonoja, M.A., is an acting lecturer of Russian language at the University of Jyvaskyla. Her ongoing Ph.D. dissertation focuses on learning Russian prosody by Finnish students.
Contents: Viola de Silva/Riikka Ullakonoja: Introduction: Russian and Finnish in Contact - Liya Bondarko: Short Description of Russian Sound System - Nina Volskaya: Aspects of Russian Intonation - Anttii Iivonen: Major Features of Standard Finnish Phonetics - Anttii Iivonen: Finnish Sentence Accent and Intonation - Pavel Skrelin: Russian Material and Methods - Olga Egorova: Vowel Features in Spontaneous and Read-Aloud Russian - Svetlana Tananaiko/Ludmila Vasilieva: Consonant Features in Spontaneous and Read-Aloud Russian - Nina Volskaya: Prosodic Features of Russian Spontaneous and Read-Aloud Speech - Mietta Lennes: Segmental Features in Spontaneous and Read-Aloud Finnish - Hanna Anttila: Interrogative Intonation in Spontaneous Finnish.