Slavic Languages and Literatures | Old Church Slavonic
L571 | ALL | Feldstein
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 generally 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 indicate 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.
A. Historical background. Lunt, Introduction
Elkina, pp. 5-17;
B. Main features of OCS.
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.
1. Noun Lunt, Ch. 3.
2. Pronoun Elkina, pp. 106-
B. Conjugation Lunt, Ch. 4.
Elkina, pp. 151-
D. Case usage and syntax. Lunt, Ch. 5.
IV. Reading of OCS texts. Elkina, pp. 194-
Plus materials to be distributed
1. Lunt, H.G. Old Church Slavonic Grammar. Mouton: The
2. Elkina, N.M. Staroslavjanskij jazyk. Moscow, 1960.