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 the 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.