Slavic linguistics

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/21
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course offers an insight into the grammar of the Slavonic languages, paying particular attention to a comparative analysis of their phonetic, phonological, and morphological structures.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: The student should know the history and structure of the Slavonic languages; the most significant phonological and morphological developments in a number of Slavonic languages; linguistic theories and methods. Applying knowledge and understanding: The student should be able to compare and contrast a number of Slavonic languages in terms of their phonetic, phonological, and morphological structure; apply linguistic theories and methods to Slavic languages; understand texts written in another Slavic language using one's knowledge of Russian and/or Polish.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Teaching Methods:
Classes will be taught online using Microsoft Teams. Students can either follow them in real time via video streaming or catch up with them later as every class will be recorded and uploaded on Microsoft Teams.

Course syllabus
The syllabus will remain unchanged

Evaluation
Students are assessed by oral examination on Microsoft Teams. The oral examination is structured as follows:
- Questions on the different Slavic languages, their history, alphabets, and codification (Unit A)
- Questions on the phonological and morphological features of the Slavic languages (Unit B)
- Questions on language contacts, identities and borders in the Slavic area (Unit C)
Course syllabus
The course consists of 3 parts (20 hours per part):

A) The Slavic languages: a historical and cultural introduction
B) Comparative study of the Slavic languages (phonology, morphology, and lexis)
C) Language contact, identities, and borders in the Slavic area


Students who are willing to acquire 6 credits will follow the programme of parts A and B; students who need to acquire 9 credits will follow the programme of parts A, B and C.
The course programme is valid until July 2022.
Prerequisites for admission
A basic knowledge of at least one Slavic language is recommended. Erasmus students with a basic knowledge of one Slavic language are encouraged to attend the course.
Teaching methods
Teaching methods adopted: lectures; reading, comment and translation of documents; students' presentations; audiovisual materials.
Teaching Resources
Most course materials, including texts for discussion in class, are available on the Ariel site (https://mbartolinils.ariel.ctu.unimi.it)

Part A
- Comrie, Bernard and Corbett, Greville G. (eds.). The Slavonic Languages. London; New York: Routledge, 1993, pp. 20-59
- Sussex, Roland and Cubberley, Paul. The Slavic Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 1-25, 60-109

Part B
Sussex, Roland and Cubberley, Paul. The Slavic Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 42-59, 133-332

Part C
Lenore A. Grenoble, "Contact and the Development of the Slavic Languages", in Raymond Hickey, The Handbook of Language Contact, Wiley-Blackwell 2010, pp. 581-597

ONE reading from each of these subgroups for a total of THREE articles
1. South Slavic Languages and the Balkans
Brian D. Joseph, "Language Contact in the Balkans", in Raymond Hickey, The Handbook of Language Contact, Wiley-Blackwell 2010, pp. 618-632
V.A. Friedman, "Balkans as a Linguistic area", in Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd edn., ed. Keith Brown. Oxford: Elsevier, 2005, pp. 657-72.
Robert D. Greenberg, "The Language Situation for the Bosniaks on Both Sides of the Serbian/Montenegrin Border", in Tomasz Kamusella, Motoki Nomachi and Catherine Gibson, The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Borders, Palgrave MacMillan 2016, pp. 330-346
Robert D. Greenberg, Language and Identity in the Balkans. Serbo-Croatian and its Disintegration, Oxford University Press 2004, pp. 16-57
Andrea Trovesi, "La codificazione della lingua montenegrina. Storia di un'idea", Studi Slavistici, 6, 2009, 197-223

2. East Slavic Languages (Russian, Ukrainian, Belorusian)
Gerd Hentschel, "Eleven questions and answers about Belarusian-Russian Mixed Speech ('Trasjanka')", Russian Linguistics, 2017, pp. 17-42
Curt Woolhiser, "Language Ideology and Language Conflict in Post-Soviet Belarus", in Language, Ethnicity and State Palgrave MacMillan 2001, pp. 91-122
Aneta Pavlenko, "Russian in Post-Soviet Countries", Russian Linguistics 2008, 35, 59-80
Lada Bilaniuk, "Surzhyk. A History of Linguistic Transgressions", in Contested Tongues. Language Policies and Cultural Correction in Ukraine, Cornell University Press 2005, pp. 103-141

3. West Slavic Languages (Czech, Slovak, Sorbian)
Mira Nábelková, "The Czech-Slovak Communicative and Dialect Continuum: With and Without a Border", in The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Borders, Palgrave MacMillan 2016, pp. 140-184
Alexander Maxwell, Fickle Nationalism: Slovakia's Shifting Ethno-Linguistic Borders, in The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Borders, Palgrave MacMillan 2016, pp. 230-244
Roland Marti, "'Our People is Divided, Yes, and Torn Asunder ': The Sorbian Language Community and Its Internal Divisions", in The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Borders, Palgrave MacMillan 2016, pp. 206-229
Assessment methods and Criteria
Students are assessed by oral examination at the end of the course. The oral examination is structured as follows:
- Questions on the different Slavic languages, their history, alphabets, and codification (part A)
- Questions on the phonological, morphological, and lexical features of the Slavic languages (part B)
- Questions on language contacts, identities and borders in the Slavic area (part C)
Erasmus students are invited to contact the professor via email or during her office hours. Disabled students and students with specific learning disabilities should determine appropriate assessment accomodations together with the lecturer and the University services for disabled students.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/21 - SLAVIC STUDIES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/21 - SLAVIC STUDIES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/21 - SLAVIC STUDIES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Educational website(s)
Professor(s)
Reception:
Monday 10:30-13:30
Skype: maria.grazia.bartolini