Slavic Languages and Literatures | Old Church Slavonic
L571 | ALL | Feldstein

Course description:
This course is divided into two halves, with the following two major goals
pertaining to each:

1.  Study of Old Church Slavonic grammar in relation to the earlier
stage of Common Slavic as well as the later stage of the modern Slavic
languages. Particular emphasis is placed on the Church Slavonic component of
Russian, since the students generally are also working on the study of
Russian. Two approaches to Old Church Slavonic grammar are contrasted.  The
historically based study, as represented by Leskien and most Russian
treatments of the subject, and the synchronic approach, as represented by
Lunt's grammar.  Topics in phonology, morphology and, to a lesser degree,
syntax, are studied by means of contrasting the diachronic and synchronic
approaches to them.

2.  The second part of the course concentrates on reading Old Church
Slavonic texts.  Students learn to distinguish the influences of later
Slavic languages within the various recensions.  Special attention is paid
to scribal errors and what they indicate about the historical development of
the Slavic languages.


A reading knowledge of a modern Slavic language (usually Russian) is
considered a prerequisite and glosses are normally provided for words only
when they cannot be understood by those who know Russian.  This permits the
class to cover a reasonable number of texts within the limited duration of
the course, which covers both grammar and reading of texts.

A sample syllabus follows:

Slavic L571                Old Church Slavonic            R. Feldstein
I.  Introduction.
A.  Historical background.              Lunt, Introduction
Elkina, pp. 5-17; 27-33.
B.  Main features of OCS.
Russian CS'isms.
C.  Alphabets.                          Lunt, Ch. 1.
Elkina, pp. 17-27.
D.  Phonology and transcription.        Lunt, Ch. 2.
Elkina, pp. 34-59.
II.  Historical origin of OCS sound               Elkina, pp. 59-106.
III.  Morphology
A.  Declension
1.  Noun                                Lunt, Ch. 3.
2.  Pronoun                        Elkina, pp. 106-151.
3.  Adjective
B.  Conjugation                              Lunt, Ch. 4.
Elkina, pp. 151-193.
C.  Numerals.
D.  Case usage and syntax.              Lunt, Ch. 5.
IV.  Reading of OCS texts.                        Elkina, pp. 194-207.
Plus materials to be distributed later.

Basic texts:
1.  Lunt, H.G.  Old Church Slavonic Grammar.  Mouton:  The Hague,
2.  Elkina, N.M.  Staroslavjanskij jazyk.  Moscow, 1960.