On Some of Unsolved Modern Punctuation Issues

2023. № 1, 77-87

Mariya M. Kharchenko, Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia, Moscow), pravilavkarmane@yandex.ru


This article discusses cases of punctuation in introductory words, adverbs and conjunctions that have not previously been described in the scientific and reference literature.

The purpose of the study is to identify some actual problems of punctuation. To identify the established norm a descriptive method was used, part of which is observation, and a psycholinguistic method, which includes an experiment (survey). The rules contained in the most authoritative modern punctuation guides were analyzed and recommendations were given to supplement them with relevant examples.

An analysis of the results of the survey showed that difficulties in punctuation in the cases under consideration stem from an incomplete understanding of the principles of Russian punctuation among native speakers (due to the lack of relevant information in the reference literature) and the identification of new variants of punctuation is associated with real speech practice. The conclusion is made that the constructions that have been analyzed are used when writing texts of different styles, and therefore should be taken into account when codifying Russian punctuation and included in handbooks.

For citation:

Kharchenko M. M. On Some of Unsolved Modern Punctuation Issues. Russian Speech = Russkaya Rech’. 2023. No. 1. Pp. 77–87