Slavic Languages & Literatures | History of the Russian Literary Language
L576 | ALL | Feldstein
Studies the linguistic choices that Russian has made in its choice of a
standard language. This pertains to phonological, morphological, syntactic,
and lexical variation among the Russian dialects plus Church Slavonic, all
which have contributed in some measure to the standard language of today.
course begins with a brief review of the Slavic linguistic background and
goes into the traditional topics treated in the history of the Russian
language. Historical views of such figures as Trediakovskij, Lomonosov, and
Karamzin are studied, along with a consideration of Pushkin's role in the
eventual blending of Russian and Church Slavonic elements in the standard
A previous syllabus used in this course follows:
Slavic L576 History of Russian Literary Language
Basic textbooks: Uspenskij, B.A. Kratkij ocherk istorii russkogo
literaturnogo jazyka (XI-XIX) vv.
Jakobson, Roman. Slavic Languages: A Condensed Survey.
Vinokur, G.O. Russkij jazyk. Moscow, 1959./English
translation: The Russian Language. Cambridge: University
(Additional selections on reserve in the library.)
I. Preliminaries to the history of the Russian literary language.
A. Modern Russian and the Slavic languages.
1. Historical background of Russian.
2. Russian compared to the other Slavic languages.
3. Modern Russian (CSR) and its dialects.
Readings: Vinokur, Ch. 1-2. Jakobson, pp. 1-21. (Kondrashov,
B. Old Church Slavonic and its influence on Russian.
1. Structural sketch of OCS.
2. Church Slavonic and its Russian recension.
3. Church Slavonic elements in Russian.
Readings: Vinokur, Ch. 3.
C. The structure of Old Russian.
1. Linguistic sketch.
2. Sample texts.
Readings: Vinokur, Ch. 4-5.
II. The history of the Russian literary language.
A. Kievan Period
Reading: Vinokur, Ch. 6. Uspenskij, I-II.
B. Muscovite Period
Reading: Vinokur, Ch. 7-8. Uspenskij, III.
C. XVIIIth Century
Reading: Vinokur, Ch. 9. Uspenskij, IV, 1-4.
Reading: Vinokur, Ch. 10. Uspenskij IV, 5.
E. XIXth Century and beyond.
Reading: Vinokur, Ch. 11. Uspenskij, IV, 6 and V.