Central Russian dialects

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Map of the Russian dialects of the primary formation (Central Russian is light green)

Central or Middle Russian dialects is one of the main groups of the Russian dialects. Of Northern Russian origin, it has nonetheless assumed many Southern Russian features.

The official dialect (Standard Russian) originates from a dialect from this group.


  • The territory of the second formation (e.g. where Russians settled after the 16th century) consist of most the land to the South-East of Moscow, that is the middle and lower Volga, Ural as well as Siberia and Far East.


Central Russian is a transitional stage between the North and the South, so some of its dialects closer to the North have northern features, and those closer to the South have the southern ones.[1]


  1. ^ Sussex & Cubberley 2006, pp. 521–526.


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