As far as I know, Russian people in the city of Vologda speak with an accent, in which the unstressed Russian 'о' in some words sounds like a stressed one. I wonder if it's also true for the name of their city. Is the way they pronounce the name of their city - 'Вологда' - different from how all the rest of Russians pronounce it?

  • Modern dialect is somewhat different from the classic one, or, more precisely, it is not truly described with those stereotypical features.
    – bipll
    Commented Apr 12, 2018 at 13:23
  • apparently it isn't easy to locate a live example or even a description of local pronunciation of this particular word Commented Apr 14, 2018 at 21:20

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I personally haven't heard how they pronounce it but since a feature of Vologda group of dialects is full оканье (as apposed to partial оканье) they're expected to pronounce it as ВолОгда (as opposed to standard Волагда).

UPD: finally found a recording of the pronunciation, which sounds exactly as i described (not that it was a big mystery to me anyway) with л sounding as per Nikolay Ershov's description, with the only caveat that it's a recording of a villager and not of a city resident

Вот помнишь, к нам приезжали, ко мне, девки-ти, из Вологды-то?

  • let's wait for someone who've heard how they pronounce or. even more, for someone who is from Vologda )
    – shabunc
    Commented Apr 12, 2018 at 8:12
  • @shabunc Their speech is somewhat different from that of Moscovites, but not in stereotypical way, for the distinction has developed very recently, in a few years, and it wasn't quite apparent during the Soviet era. One may probably notice a different tonality and temporal characteristics.
    – bipll
    Commented Apr 14, 2018 at 21:26
  • Can you, please, provide a time stamp of that phrase from the video?
    – brilliant
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 3:07
  • To me it sounds as if she were saying "из Волёгды-то". :)
    – brilliant
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 3:12
  • @brilliant hi, the link address contains the time stamp, it's 3 seconds into the video, this sounds like Ё because of the retroflex Л which is always palatalized, orthographically it may be expressed as ВолЬОгды Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 7:13

This video suggests that aside from the full Os, "classic" Vologda accent also realises hard л as a retroflex [ɭ] as opposed to standard Russian "dark" [ɫ]. So ['voɭogdə], vs. standard ['voɫəgdə].

However, not a lot of people generally speak with Northern Russian accents these days, and that video was specifically heritage-themed. Here's a vox pop on Vologda streets and everybody speaks Central Russian — akanye, [ɫ] and all.

  • а есть интервью на повседневные темы с этим акцентом, а не искусственная фольклорная сказка?
    – yalov
    Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 21:27

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