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Fall 2017
Jan 19, 2018
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RUSS 491 - Hist of the Russian Language
The course is divided into three major units:
1) Historical phonology, beginning with the major Proto-Slavic sound changes, and an examination of Old Russian texts;
2) Historical morphology and syntax, with an explicit comparison of early East Slavic to Contemporary Standard Russian (CSR), and an examination of Old Russian texts;
3) The history of the literary language, especially its codification in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and the standardization efforts of the Soviet period.  

Sociocultural topics incude the function of Church Slavonic versus the vernacular East Slavic in Kievan Rus’ and medieval Russia; the role of Church Slavonicisms in the various developmental stages of the language; the arguments over the codification of the language between “Westernizers” and “Slavophiles” during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; the role and function of Russian as the lingua franca of the multiethnic Russian empire and Soviet state; gender and the status of women as reflected in linguistic developments during the Soviet period; the standardization of the language during the Soviet period and linguistic prejudices against non-standard speech varieties. (Taught in English; advanced reading knowledge of Russian required.  This course satisfies one semester of the College's social-science requirement as a linguistics offering and counts toward the M.A. in CERES under the "Culture" rubric.) 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Russian Department

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