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 genera
lly 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 ind
icate 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.