Slavic Languages and Literatures | History of South Slavic
L574 | ALL | Feldstein


Course description:
This course covers the historical development and dialectology of
the South Slavic languages:  Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian,
and Bulgarian.  After a general review of the special aspects of the
Balkan Slavic area and its transitional dialect features, the
standard languages are covered.  Since Serbian and Croatian are the
languages most often studied by the students of the course, most
attention is directed at them and at the features with which one can
compare and contrast them.  The issue of how many languages are
spoken within the Serbian and Croatian lands is considered along
with the issues of the dialects.  The prosodic features of vowel
quantity and pitch are examined in this context.  Next, the Slovene,
Bulgarian, and Macedonian languages are studied, both in their
standard forms and dialects.  Dialect texts are often given to
students for analysis.

The course is recommended to students who have studied or are in the
process of studying a South Slavic language, particularly Serbian
and Croatian, and a reading knowledge of Serbian and Croatian is
very helpful to the prospective student.

A sample syllabus, once used for this course, follows:

Slavic L574  The History of the South Slavic
Languages
Syllabus
Week           Topic and Suggested Readings
1/2            South Slavic:  Introduction, prehistory, and general
features.
South Slavic vs. Balkan features.
(Ivi , Die s-k Dialekte, pp. 25-49; S awski, pp. 9-
23, Uvod, pp.
7-42. Uvod, pp. 354-476.)
3              Standard Serbo-Croatian:  Sound system and accent,
grammar,
major reflexes.
(Brozovic and Ivic, pp. 99-119.  Slawski, pp. 27-31.
Shirokova
and Gudkov, pp. 259-288.)
4/5            The History of Serbo-Croatian.
(Ivi : "Glavne linije razvoja prozodijskog
sistema..., Dva glav-
na pravca razvoja konsonantizma..,"  Brozovi  and
Ivi , pp. 1-54.  Uvod, pp. 216-260.)
6              Serbo-Croatian:  Dialectology.
(S awski, pp. 82-116.  Brozovi  and Ivi , pp. 54-99.
Ivi ,
1958, pp. 93-134.)
7/8            Standard Slovene:  Sound system, major reflexes and
features,
including accent.
(S awski, 24-25; Ramov , "Relativna kronologija...;"
Tesni re,
"L'accent slov ne...;" Lencek, Ch. 2 and Ch. 5, part
1.
irokova and Gudkov, pp. 289-332.)
9/10           Slovene:  Linguistic history and dialectology.
(Lencek, Ch. 3-4.  Uvod, pp. 260-295 and 341-353.)
10/12          Standard Bulgarian:  Sound system, major reflexes and
features.
(S awski, pp. 34-35,  irokova and Gudkova, pp. 216-
230.)
13             Standard Macedonian.
(S awski, pp. 31-34, Shirokova and Gudkov, pp. 333-
374.)
14             History and dialectology of Bulgarian and Macedonian.
(Uvod, pp. 43-215 and pp. 296-315.  S awski, pp. 129-
145.
Koneski, Istorija...)
15             Summary and review.

Slavic L574:  Main Readings

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Uvod v izuchavaneto na
juzhnoslavjanskite
ezici.  Sofia:  Izd. BAN, 1986. (Various authors.)
Brozovic, Dalibor and Pavle Ivi .  Jezik,
srpskohrvatski/hrvatskosrpski,
hrvatski ili srpski.  Zagreb:  Zavod "Miroslav Krle a," 1988.
Ivi , Pavle.  Die serbokroatischen dialekte.  The Hague:  Mouton,
1958.
Also, Serbo-Croatian edition, Dijalektologija srpskohrvatskog
jezika : uvod i
tokavsko narecje.  Novi Sad:  Matica srpska, 1985.
Ivic, Pavle.  "Osnovnye puti serboxorvatskogo vokalizma," Voprosy
jazykoznanija 1 (1958), pp. 3-20.
Ivic, Pavle.  "Glavne linije razvoja prozodijskog sistema u
srpskohrvatskom
jeziku," Studia z filologii polskiej i s owia skiej (1965), pp. 135-
144.
Ivic, Pavle.  "Dva glavna pravca razvoja konsonantizma u
srpskohrvatskom
jeziku," Godisnjak Filozofskog Fakulteta u Novom Sadu, Knjiga II
(1957), pp.
159-184.
Koneski, Blaze.  Istorija na makedonskiot jazik.  Skopje, 1965.
Lencek, Rado.  The Structure and History of the Slovene Language.
Slavica:
Columbus, 1982.
Slawski, F.  Zarys dialektologii po udniowos owia skiej.  Warsaw:
PWN, 1962.
Shirokova and Gudkov, eds., Slavjanskie jazyki.  Moscow:  Izd.
MGU, 1977.
Tesni re, L.  "L'accent slov ne et le timbre des voyelles," Revue
des tudes
Slaves IX (1929), pp. 89-118.