Slavic Languages and Literatures | Structure of Russian 1: Phonology and Morphology
L501 | ALL | Feldstein
A beginning graduate-level introduction to the linguistic study of
Russian. Introduces some basic practical and theoretical concepts of
phonology and morphology. In the area of phonology, the major focus
is on preparing the student to understand the differences between
various types of transcription, including phonetic, morphophonemic,
systematic phonemic, and traditional phonemic as practiced by
various American and Russian linguistic schools. In the field of
morphology, the emphasis is on Jakobson's system of conjugation.
Students learn the rules for practical mastery of the Russian verb
as well as for the linguistic importance of the system. As time
permits, topics in the areas of verbal aspect and word-formation are
The following is a syllabus that has been used in this course,
together with a
list of basic textbooks.
Slavic L501 Structure of Russian I: Phonology & Morphology R.
Textbooks: (Represented as H, L, and T in assignments.)
1. Hamilton, William S. Introduction to Russian Phonology and
Structure. Slavica: Columbus, 1980.
2. Levin, Maurice. Russian Declension and Conjugation.
3. Townsend, Charles E. Russian Word-Formation. Slavica:
Week Topic Assignment
1 Introduction to Russian structure: H: Ch. 1-2
Phonology: phonetics vs. phonology; T: IA
Morphology: inflectional and derivational.
Russian Phonetics: H: Ch. 3-4
Consonants and Stressed Vowels.
2 Vowel reduction (akan'e and ikan'e). H: Ch. 5-10.
The Russian spelling system. T: IB
3 Phonemics. H: Ch. 11-12.
Jakobsonian Distinctive Features
4 The morpheme and its analysis. H: Ch. 13-15.
Prefixes, roots, suffixes, T: IC-IF.
Relation of morpheme and sound:
5 Vowel/Zero alternations. Rules. H: Ch. 16-17.
6 Consonant alternations: "mutations" H: Ch. 18-19.
Status of Hamilton's j-rules: T: IG
synchrony vs. diachrony.
7 "Ablaut" vowel alternations. H: Ch. 20
Church Slavonicisms. T: IH-I.
8 Stress in Russian morphophonemics. H: Ch. 21.
L: Ch II.
9 Verbal Morphology T: IIA
Inflectional: single stem L: Ch. VI-VII
classification and conjugation.
10 Derivational: aspectual and other. T: IIB
L: Ch. VIII.
11 Noun declension. L: Ch. III
12 Word-formation of nouns. T: Sec. III.
13 Adjectival declension. L: Ch. IV-V.
15 Word-formation of adjectives. T: Sec. IV.