Research topic: Russian
Russian studies examine the language, literature and society in Russia and the Soviet successor states.
Russian is a Slavic language which, together with Ukrainian and Belarusian, makes up the East Slavic branch of the Slavic languages of the Indo-European language family.
Russian and Norwegian belong in fact to the same Indo-European language family. These common roots make it easier for Norwegians to learn Russian grammar and vocabulary.
Russian is number five on the list of the world’s most spoken languages, and one of the official languages of the UN More than 300 million people around the world speak Russian.
In recent decades, cooperation between Norway and Russia has increased strongly, both culturally and economically – and language skills are an important factor in this cooperation.
The Russian alphabet is called Cyrillic, and is used in several Slavic languages, such as Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian and Serbian. Many of the letters are familiar from our Latin alphabet, while other characters are peculiar to Cyrillic.
Two factors make Russian simpler to learn. Firstly, words are pronounced as they are written. Secondly, there is little dialect variation in this centrally-run country.
A goal for many who want to learn Russian, is to be able to read some of the world’s foremost novels in the original language. Thus knowledge of Russian also provides an insight into a rich culture.
The Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages is a major literature research environment, and also has top competence within national literature.