Introduction to Slavic Philology (2018/2019)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

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Marija Bradas
Marija Bradas
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II semestre dal Feb 18, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing general knowledge on the history of the language and literary civilisation of the Slavic peoples in order to facilitate the learning of various Slavic languages and literatures.

By the end of the course, students will:
1) know the basics of the history and culture of Slavic peoples and the evolution of the Slavic languages;
2) know how to apply basic philological and linguistic knowledge;
3) develop independent judgments on the main topics of the course and express them in a coherent and correct way.


The topics addressed:

1. The original homeland and the migrations of the Slavs
2. The mission of Cyril and Methodius and the birth of Old Church Slavonic
3. From Old Church Slavonic to modern Slavic languages
4. Slavic alphabets compared
5. The first literary works
6. Latin Slavia and Orthodox Slavia
7. Comparative Slavic phonetics
8. Main notions of comparative Slavic grammar

Teaching form: lectures.

M. Garzaniti, Gli Slavi. Storia, culture e lingue dalle origini ai nostri giorni, Roma, Carocci, 2013 (in particular: pp. 23-59; 77-105; 133-180).
N. Marcialis, Introduzione alla lingua paleoslava, Firenze, FUP, 2007, pp. 77-109.
R. Jakobson, Premesse di storia letteraria slava, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 1975, pp. 81-146.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
M. Garzaniti Gli Slavi. Storia, culture e lingue dalle origini ai nostri giorni (Edizione 1) Carocci editore 2013 978-88-430-6807-4
Marcialis, N. Introduzione alla lingua paleoslava Firenze University Press 2005
Roman Jakobson Premesse di storia letteraria slava Il Saggiatore 1975

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.

The exam covers all the topics of the program and is organised in accordance with the thematic areas previously illustrated. It requires the knowledge of the manuals and essays of history and literary criticism used during the course.

Th exam will be marked out of thirty on the basis of the knowledge, effectiveness and promptness of the given answers.

* For Erasmus students, the professor will clarify the exam contents and methods in class.