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Slavic Studies
Second semester
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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course allows the student to :
• acquire a diachronic knowledge providing the student
with a greater understanding, awareness and judgment
about the Slavic languages studied;
• collect data, information, knowledge, sources in order to acquire a
historical interpretation and a linguistic judgement as much indipendent as possible;
• acquire a comparative linguistic framework necessary for a correct
contextualization of the Slavic language studied by the student;
• know and understand the milestones leading to the
formation of modern Slavic languages;
• understand and interpret old Church Slavonic texts, applying their basic knowledge in order to communicate and argue on topics presented in the course.



Course contents summary

The course presents a historical - linguistic outiline ranging from the origins of
Slavic civilization to the formation of various modern Slavic languages, with
specific bibliography for an autonomous researching. In
first part the following topics will be briefly introduced:
the ethnogenesis of the Slavs, their migration, the formation of the first Slavic nations,
Christianization, the mission of Cyril and Methodius, alphabets, origin and
tradition of Slavic Writing. A second part will cover the
fundamentals of phonology and morpho - syntax of Old Church Slavonic. Practical exercising will concern reading and philological commenting
some passages of old russian texts. The material for practical exercises is provided during the course and made available on platform.

Recommended readings

Cantarini A., Lineamenti di fonologia slava, Brescia 1979
Conte F., Gli Slavi. Le civiltà dell’Europa centrale orientale, Torino 1991.
Dvornik F., Gli Slavi. Storia e civiltà dalle origini al secolo XII, Padova 1974.
Garzaniti M., Gli slavi, Roma 2013.
Kamcatnov A., Staroslavjanskij jazyk, Moskva 2002
Krivcik V. F., Mozejko N. S., Staroslavjanskij jazyk, Minsk 1985.
Lunt H. G., Old Church Slavonic Grammar, Den Haag 1974.
Marcialis N., Introduzione alla lingua paleoslava, Firenze, 2005.
Picchio R., Letteratura della Slavia ortodossa, Bari 1991.
Schenker A.M., The Dawn of Slavic, Yale UP 1995.
Skomorochova Venturini L. , Corso di lingua paleoslava. Pisa 2000.
Vaillant A. , Manuel du vieux slave, t. 1, Paris 1964.

Teaching methods

Lectures. Active participation Will still be required in reading and interpreting documents and

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral Exam.