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 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 palatalizations and the loss of tautosyllabic
diphthongs. Lastly, the separation 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.