chapter  SIXTEEN
21 Pages

The Russian Dialect

WithLewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman

Generally speaking, the Russian possesses a rich, warm, throaty voice—much like that of the African American. Like the African American, the timbre of his voice is of the resonant kind that comes up from deep in the chest. The Russian's tonal range varies widely, even causing him to become, in moments of excitement, a falsetto tenor. But the distinctive method of syllabic emphasis in the Russian dialect contributes greatly to its flavor. The most characteristic change in the Russian's use of English grammar comes with his dropping of the articles "a," "an" and "the." There are no articles in the Russian language and this absence is carried over into the dialect. In the Russian dialect, this short "i" sound is changed to long "e" (EE), as in "yEEtTH" (it). It will be observed that, initially, the "i" may receive the added consonantal "y.".