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Did the vocative once have a different form from the nominative for (almost) all nouns?

Old Russian had several declension paradigms. Traditionally, those paradigms are defined by the final sounds of the "historical stem" (историческая основа), that is the stem of the Proto-...
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Did the vocative once have a different form from the nominative for (almost) all nouns?

The vocative is mostly useful to call to someone, so it's not really relevant in practice for most words. It's still used in contemporary Russian for words like папа, vocative пап (lack of final vowel)...
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Did the vocative once have a different form from the nominative for (almost) all nouns?

It is very difficult to answer your question exactly. There surely were ancestors of the contemporary Russian language with vocative for all words, as in the contemporary Czech or Ukrainian, for all ...
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