Russian

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Russian
Autoglottonym: Русский язык (russkij jazyk)
Pronunciation: ˈruskʲɪj jɪˈzɨk
Ethnologue name: Russian
OLAC name: Russian
Location point:
Genealogy
Family: Indo-European
Genus: East Slavic
Speakers
Country: Russia, other post-Soviet states, Germany, Israel, the United States, Canada
Official in: Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, certain regions in neighboring countries, the United Nation
Speakers: 272 million (including L2 speakers)
Writing system: Cyrillic (orthography)
Codes
ISO 639-2: rus
ISO 639-3: rus

Russian is one of the three (or controversially four) living Eastern Slavic languages.

Contents

Name

Location

Russian is spoken in Russia and the other post-Soviet states, North America, Israel as well as in Western Europe, above all Germany.

Speakers

The number of the primary speakers is estimated to be circa 162,000,000, of which according to the 2010 census approximately 137,000,000 live within the Russian federation. Besides them, there exists a relatively large number of the secondary speakers, which is estimated around 110,000,000.

Dialects

Russian can primarily be divided into North and South Russian dialects.

Classification

Indo-European
Balt-Slavic
Slavic
East Slavic

Links

Major works on the language

References


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