Slavic Languages and Literatures | Structure of Russian 1: Phonology and Morphology
L501 | ALL | Feldstein
A beginning graduate-level introduction to the linguistic study of Russian.
Introduces some basic practical and theoretical concepts of phonology and
morphology. In the area of phonology, the major focus is on preparing the
student to understand the differences between various types of
transcription, including phonetic, morphophonemic, systematic phonemic, and
traditional phonemic as practiced by various American and Russian linguistic
schools. In the field of morphology, the emphasis is on Jakobson's system
of conjugation. Students learn the rules for practical mastery of the
Russian verb as well as for the linguistic importance of the system. As
time permits, topics in the areas of verbal aspect and word-formation are
The following is a syllabus that has been used in this course, together with
list of basic textbooks.
Slavic L501 Structure of Russian I: Phonology & Morphology R.
Textbooks: (Represented as H, L, and T in assignments.)
1. Hamilton, William S. Introduction to Russian Phonology and Word
Structure. Slavica: Columbus, 1980.
2. Levin, Maurice. Russian Declension and Conjugation. Slavica:
3. Townsend, Charles E. Russian Word-Formation. Slavica: Columbus,
Week Topic Assignment
1 Introduction to Russian structure: H: Ch. 1-2
Phonology: phonetics vs. phonology; T: IA
Morphology: inflectional and derivational.
Russian Phonetics: H: Ch. 3-4
Consonants and Stressed Vowels.
2 Vowel reduction (akan'e and ikan'e). H: Ch. 5-10.
The Russian spelling system. T: IB
3 Phonemics. H: Ch. 11-12.
Jakobsonian Distinctive Features
4 The morpheme and its analysis. H: Ch. 13-15.
Prefixes, roots, suffixes, T: IC-IF.
Relation of morpheme and sound:
5 Vowel/Zero alternations. Rules. H: Ch. 16-17.
6 Consonant alternations: "mutations" H: Ch. 18-19.
Status of Hamilton's j-rules: T: IG
synchrony vs. diachrony.
7 "Ablaut" vowel alternations. H: Ch. 20
Church Slavonicisms. T: IH-I.
8 Stress in Russian morphophonemics. H: Ch. 21.
L: Ch II.
9 Verbal Morphology T: IIA
Inflectional: single stem L: Ch. VI-VII
classification and conjugation.
10 Derivational: aspectual and other. T: IIB
L: Ch. VIII.
11 Noun declension. L: Ch. III
12 Word-formation of nouns. T: Sec. III.
13 Adjectival declension. L: Ch. IV-V.
15 Word-formation of adjectives. T: Sec. IV.