Is it always pronounced "nye"?

I've searched online but found no sources on it.

I hear it sometimes as ни and sometimes as не.

  • What is your question?
    – Quassnoi
    Oct 23, 2018 at 21:26
  • Is не always pronounced nye?
    – Almonds812
    Oct 23, 2018 at 21:44

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Не is proclitic, meaning that as far as pronunciation is concerned, it's a part of the word that follows it.

This means that е in it is subject to vowel reduction if not stressed, and hence is pronounced as [ɪ].

The vowels in не in не о то́м [nʲɪɐˈtom] and не́ о чем ['nʲeətɕɪm] are pronounced differently.

  • Hi Quassnoi , I was hoping you could tell me where you got this information, i have been searching everywhere for a list of proclitic words in russain such as я не but i cannot seem to find anything in search.
    – Almonds812
    Aug 6, 2019 at 20:27
  • Is there a way of knowing when a word is proclitic or is it just by memorizing that the word is proclitic?
    – Almonds812
    Aug 6, 2019 at 20:28

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