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oskarkv
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09 January 2014 at 7:55pm | IP Logged 
Hi!

Do any of you guys know a place/book/site where I can learn about Russian word roots for
free?

Edited by oskarkv on 10 January 2014 at 4:20am

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 Message 2 of 9
10 January 2014 at 12:26am | IP Logged 
Word roots of which language?
If it's say English etymology, there are two sites I use now and then:
http://dictionary.reference.com/etymology/
http://www.etymonline.com/

This title by Carl Darling Buck was recommended by Professor Arguelles back in 2007:
http://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Selected-Principal-Indo-Eur opean-Languages/dp/0226079376
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10 January 2014 at 4:18am | IP Logged 
Sorry for not being more clear. I meant Russian word roots. Like дурак and дурной have
the same root дур. And the root боль means big I think. I've very recently began studying
Russian and I've been told that Russian words are often made up of roots, suffixes and
prefixes.
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10 January 2014 at 5:07am | IP Logged 
Here are a some books listed on amazon.com, and I've seen the first two listed on ebay
at times.

_Roots of the Russian Language_, by George Z. Patrick

_Russian Root List: With a Sketch of Word Formation_, by Charles E Gribble

_Leveraging Your Russian with Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes, by Browning, Hart, and
Solovyova

I've never looked at any of these and so have no idea if they are worthwhile.

. . . Oh, sorry. I missed "Free" in the title. I've found a couple of online sites
in Russian (like this http://www.slovorod.ru/slavic-roots/index.html ), but so far
nothing in English. There's a site (www.muebooks.com) where the Patrick book is
offered for free if you register with them, but I question its probity/legality.

Good luck! The Patrick book is often offered for sale, used, quite cheaply.

Edited by Slogger on 10 January 2014 at 5:22am

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10 January 2014 at 10:59am | IP Logged 
oskarkv wrote:
Sorry for not being more clear. I meant Russian word roots. Like дурак
and дурной have
the same root дур. And the root боль means big I think. I've very recently began
studying
Russian and I've been told that Russian words are often made up of roots, suffixes and
prefixes.


боль означает pain. большой (=big as an adjective) - происходит от другого корня:

Согласно Викисловарю: Происходит от праслав. , от кот. в числе прочего произошли: ст.-
слав. бол͂ии м., бол͂ьши ж., болѥ, русск. больший, большой, укр. більший, болг. бо́ле
«больше», сербохорв. бо̏љи «лучший», словенск. bȯ̑lje «лучше», чешск. только Boleslav,
польск. Bolesław.

Edited by tarvos on 10 January 2014 at 11:03am

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10 January 2014 at 5:17pm | IP Logged 
I take it ст.-слав. refers to Old Slavonic. Is праслав. Proto-Slavonic?
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 Message 7 of 9
12 January 2014 at 8:49pm | IP Logged 
I own "Roots of the Russian language" by George Z. Patrick, but I don't like it. It takes a certain root and gives a number of words with examples - so far so good - but the total absence of any kind of grammatical information makes it practically worthless. For instance you aren't told whether verbs are perfective or inperfective, or whether substantives on -ь are masculine or feminine (though that sometimes can be gleaned fromt the examples). Mr. Patrick could have written a book that filled an glaring hole in the pedagogical literature, but he didn't do it.

Edited by Iversen on 13 January 2014 at 10:24pm

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13 January 2014 at 6:17pm | IP Logged 
Iversen wrote:
I own "Roots of the Russian language" by George Z. Patrick, but I don't
like it. It takes a certain root and gives a number of words with examples - so farb so
good - but the total absence of any kind of grammatical information makes it practically
worthless. For instance you aren't told whether verbs are perfective or inperfective, or
whether substantives on -ь are masculine or feminine (though that sometimes can be
gleaned fromt the examples). Mr. Patrick could have written a book that filled an
glaring hole in the pedagogical literature, but he didn't do it.


I've also heard that it is outdated. Is that true? And in that case, how outdated? How
much does it matter?

Edited by oskarkv on 13 January 2014 at 6:18pm



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