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Does vocative case exist in Russian?

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I've been wondering whether morden theory aknowleges the existance of a Vocative case in Russian (in addition to the existing six cases).
asked Jan 16, 2013 by Troya (180 points)

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Two different groups of vocative form do exist in Russian as a matter of fact. Some linguists classify them as Vocative cases (Historical Vicative case - старозвательный падеж and Neo-Vocative case - новозвательный падеж). The former one is considered archaic, the latter - colloquial. These cases exist for some nouns only, not for the most of them, therefore they are not listed among standard cases.

There is more info in Wikipedia.

There are several more rare cases in Russian (like Locative and Partitive) in addition to six standard ones.

answered Jan 16, 2013 by it-ogo (18,220 points)
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The vocative case which I and other Russians I've witnessed use is prepositional vocative эй.

эй  which is based on "hey" and can be used in the same manner.

эй Стас, Диана любит тебя  "hey Stas, Diana loves thee".

It is somewhat colloquial but is also effective;

people will understand what you mean.

It is also more useful than the declensional vocative(s), since it can be used with any noun.




answered Jun 28, 2014 by elspru (150 points)
edited Jun 28, 2014 by elspru