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    Pronunciation in Russian Literature

    Hi!

    I just finished reading "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" and sometime soon I'm planning on starting "Anna Karenina". I just had a couple questions, because I want to be pronouncing the names right in my head.

    The first question I had, on accent placement, was already answered in another post (de-NI-so-vich). However, I'm wondering how, then, to pronounce the name "Denisov". Where does the stress go?

    Also, I was wondering where to put the stress in Karenina.

    Thanks a lot!

    ~Emma
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    Well... Denisovich is the patronymic formed from Denis, not Denisov.

    There is a surname thought, Denisov. I am not sure but I'd guess it was Denisov

    The stress is on the second sylable of Karenina.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TATY
    I am not sure but I'd guess it was Denisov
    Yes.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Wonderful, thank you!

    Yes, actually the Denisov question was sort of unrelated. I had been wondering how to pronounce it while reading War and Peace, but didn't ask anyone. Once I picked up Ivan Denisovich, it reminded me to ask.

    One more question, on the War and Peace subject: The surname 'Rostov' - where is the accent? And is that the same pronunciation as the city?

    Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma
    One more question, on the War and Peace subject: The surname 'Rostov' - where is the accent?
    Rostov.

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    And is that the same pronunciation as the city?
    Thank you
    Yes.

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