LINGUIST List 9.169

Wed Feb 4 1998

Sum: Russian word frequency lists

Editor for this issue: Brett Churchill <>


  1. Michael Ullman, Sum: Russian word frequency lists

Message 1: Sum: Russian word frequency lists

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 13:55:16 -0500
From: Michael Ullman <>
Subject: Sum: Russian word frequency lists

Here is the summary of the messages I received for my queries on Russian:

(1) A Russian word frequency list (either online or hardcopy)?

Brown, Nicholas J. 1996. Russian Learners' Dictionary: 10,000 words in
frequency order. Routledge: London/New York.

Lonngren, Lennart, et. al. 1993. Chastotnyj slovar' sovremennogo russkogo
jazyka. Studia Slavica upsaliensia no. 32. Uppsala.
It is based on the electronic Uppsala Corpus of contemporary Russian.

Zasorina, L N. 1977. Chastotnyj slovar' russkogo jazyka. Moscow.

Chastotnyi slovar' obshchenauchnoi leksiki (Moscow, 1970)

"A Word Count of Spoken Russian" (1960s)

An old book called _Russian Word Count. 2500 Words Most Commonly Used in
Modern Literary Russian. Guide for Teachers of Russian_. The author is E.
Shteinfeldt, and the publisher is Progress Publishers (Moscow).
There's no date, but I would guess c. 1962.
It contains references to other texts on the subject as well.

Harry Josselson, The Russian Word Count, Detroit: Wayne State
University Press, 1953.

Nicholas Vakar (see library catalogs for ref.)

There's an on-line dictionary of Russian computer terms at

(2) Online Russian dictionaries, word lists, or lexical databases?


(3) A book containing Russian verbs organized by verb class.

A.A.Zalizniak, Grammaticheskii
slovar', Moscow: "Russkii Iazyk" 1977 and later eds., lists words by
final letters, so all the verbs are together under ...t-soft sign or
...ti or sign. Each verb is equipped with an index
number that tells its conjugation pattern and its accent pattern.
Some people have computer-readable versions of Zalizniak
and it may even be available on line.

Lists of verbs arranged by morphological class can be found in Uchebnyi
slovar' glagol'nykh form russkogo iazyka by Tomacheva and Kokorina (Moscow,
1988). A more exacting description of the classes can be found in
Zalizniak's Grammaticheskii slovar' russkogo iazyka, which includes an
index a tergo keyed to grammatical tables. Any decent reference grammar
(e.g., the Academy grammars of 1960 and 1982 or Unbegaun's Russian Grammar)
will have lists of verbs in their discussion of conjugation (probably not
exhaustive for the productive types).

Thanks very much to

Michael Betsch
Wayles Browne
Ralph Cleminson
John Clifton
Daniel E. Collins
Tore Nesset
Donna Oliver
Irina Sekerina


Michael Ullman

 Assistant Professor
 Georgetown Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences (GICCS)
 3970 Reservoir Rd, NW
 Georgetown University
 Washington DC 20007
 Tel: Office: 202-687-6064 Lab: 202-687-6896
 Fax: 202-687-6914

Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue