Time machines do not exist, but books are good substitutes. How Russian Came to Be the Way it Is takes you two thousand years back in time and explains how the Russian language came to be the way it is by reviewing all major changes in the grammar and sound system.
This web page is a companion to the book. For some sections in each chapter, you will find additional material that will help you to make sense of the history of the Russian language. There is also a short abstract, which summarizes the content of each chapter in the book. Click on the chapter headings below and learn more!
Tore Nesset (2015): How Russian Came to Be the Way it Is: A Student’s Guide to the History of the Russian Language. Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers. ISBN 978-0-89357-443-7. Cover illustration by Tanja Russita.