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.
    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): коро́ва (koróva), пошёл (pošól), молодо́й (molodój), вода́ (vodá)]
    (Иван Арамилев, «В лесах Урала» - Ivan Aramilev, In the woods of the Urals)

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