акать

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а(a) +‎ -кать(-katʹ)

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а́кать (ákatʹimpf (perfective а́кнуть)

  1. (linguistics) to pronounce an unstressed "о" like an "а" (as seen in Central and Southern Russia, considered standard)
    Москвичи́ а́кают.‎ ― Moskvičí ákajut.Muscovites pronounce unstressed o's like a's.
    Учи́тель отме́тил, что произноше́ние на́ше ужа́сно, заста́вил а́кать по-моско́вски и петербу́ргски: каро́ва, пашёл, маладо́й, вада́.Иван Арамилев, «В лесах Урала» - Ivan Aramilev, In the woods of the Urals
    Učítelʹ otmétil, što proiznošénije náše užásno, zastávil ákatʹ po-moskóvski i peterbúrgski: karóva, pašól, maladój, vadá.
    The teacher noted that our pronunciation was horrible and he made us say words in the Moscow and St. Petersburg way: karóva, pašól, maladój, vadá. (i.e., words with an unstressed о(o): корова́(korová), пошёл(pošól), молодо́й(molodój), вода́(vodá)

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