Slavic Languages and Literatures | Comparative Slavic
L572 | ALL | Feldstein


This course traces the linguistic (mostly phonological) history of
Slavic from the time of its emergence from Proto-Indo-European up until the
time of the breakup into the individual Slavic languages.  The first part of
the course is concerned with the phonological structure of
Proto-Indo-European and how it was modified in early Balto-Slavic and Common
Slavic.  The general issue of of Common Balto-Slavic is presented, and
arguments both for and against the concept of a Common Balto-Slavic period
are considered.  Some of the main topics discussed in this section include
the modification of the velar series, the change of s x in Early Common
Slavic, and the evolution of Ablaut.  The Ivanov-Gamkrelidze theory of
glottalized stops is examined.  The next part of the course deals with the
change of Early Common Slavic to Late Common Slavic and considers such
topics as velar and jot palatali zations and the loss of tautosyllabic
diphthongs.  Lastly, the separa tion into separate Slavic zones of East,
South, and West is discussed, in the context of the earlier Common Slavic
changes which led up to it.

Readings will include selections on Common Slavic phonology by
Chekman, Ivanov, Meillet, and Shevelov.