Last week the Russian linguist, lexicographer and grammarian Natalia Iulievna Shvedova passed away, at the age of 92. Continuing the work of leading linguists like Viktor Vinogradov and Sergei Ozhegov, Shvedova edited dictionaries and grammars. Her role as the main editor of the Russian academic grammar of 1981 and the so-called “Ozhegov dictionary” since 1964, effectively made her the most important figure in the development of the Russian standard language in the last third of the twentieth century.

The question is, of course: what will happen to the Russian standard language after her death?

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