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

Course description:
This course covers the historical development and dialectology of the
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
in this context.  Next, the Slovene, Bulgarian, and Macedonian
languages are
studied, both in their standard forms and dialects.  Dialect texts are
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

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

Slavic L574  The History of the South Slavic Languages
Week           Topic and Suggested Readings
1/2            South Slavic:  Introduction, prehistory, and general
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.
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
including accent.
(S awski, 24-25; Ramov , "Relativna kronologija...;"
"L'accent slovŠne...;" 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
(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
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.
Koneski, Blaze.  Istorija na makedonskiot jazik.  Skopje, 1965.
Lencek, Rado.  The Structure and History of the Slovene Language.
Columbus, 1982.
Slawski, F.  Zarys dialektologii po udniowos owia skiej.  Warsaw:
PWN, 1962.
Shirokova and Gudkov, eds., Slavjanskie jazyki.  Moscow:  Izd. MGU,
TesniŠre, L.  "L'accent slovŠne et le timbre des voyelles," Revue
des tudes
Slaves IX (1929), pp. 89-118.