I thought that ё was always stressed, but in the word жёлтый its pronounced ZHOL-tiy, if this is right then when is ё unstressed? Is it because of palatalization? Thank you in advance 😇

  • And also how important are voices and unvoiced consonants when a russian is listening to you, i am learning them but i would love to know
    – Almonds812
    Nov 22, 2018 at 17:20
  • the transcription is correct, in the word жёлтый Ё is indeed stressed, there're principles of voicing and unvoicing which need to be adhered to, the only sure case where the distinction between voiced and unvoiced consonants doesn't affect intellegibility of a word is at the final position in a word Nov 22, 2018 at 18:41

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Жёлтый is pronounced as [жолтый], so ё here stands for o. The reason why it is the case is actually that ё wherever right after consonant just indicates that that particular consonant is palatalized. In some cases this give an illusion that ё is a sound sort of similar to the german ö - this happens for instance in тёмный. However, it's not the case.

But ж in modern Russian is never softened, so words like жёлтый, жёлудь, жёваный, жёсткий, жёны are pronounced as жо- - and there's no even slightest trace of ö-illusion one might get with soft consonants. By the way, same story with ш, so шёпот is actually pronounced шопот.

And actually in this case ё is stressed - almost like always except some foreign words like сёрфинги́сты and some very exotic exceptions in compound words like четырёхчастный, трёхчастный etc.

  • Does this rule also work for я , ю, and е? I cross out the first part of the letter so in yu , i would remove the y and it would just be the english u?
    – Almonds812
    Nov 22, 2018 at 19:04
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    So the rule would be я, ё, ю, and е after a consonant would remove the first part of the sound “y”[j]
    – Almonds812
    Nov 22, 2018 at 19:06
  • @Almonds812 well, it's slightly more complicated but generally you got the idea right
    – shabunc
    Nov 22, 2018 at 19:53
  • Yep i got it man , thanks so much for the help 😌 i was so confused
    – Almonds812
    Nov 22, 2018 at 20:06

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