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 t
he 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.