Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course allows the student to:
- Acquire diachronic knowledge allowing the student greater understanding, awareness and independence of judgment regarding the Slavic language studied;
- Collect data, information, knowledge, from different sources in order to attain an linguistic and historical interpretation as independent as possible;
- Acquire a comparative linguistic framework necessary for a proper contextualization of the Slavic language studied by the student;
- Know and understand the milestones leading to the formation of various modern Slavic languages;
- Understand and interpret passages and texts written in Old Church Slavonic, applying their basic knowledge in order to communicate and argue linguistic ideas presented in the course.
Course contents summary
The course aims to introduce the study of Slavic civilization and development of the Slavic languages from unity to plurality. In the first general part it will be introduced a synthetic view of the linguistic history, politics and religion of the Slavs, with particular reference to Russian civilization (the original homeland, migration of the Slavs, the mission of Cyril and Methodius, the birth of the Old Church Slavonic and the creation of alphabets, the relationship between Glagolitic and Cyrillic, the tradition of Cyril and Methodius in the Slavonic Orthodox). A second part will be devoted to the fundamentals of phonology and morphosyntax of the Old Church Slavonic. The practical exercises will cover reading and commenting linguistic-philological a few steps and texts from the Old Church Slavonic canon. sec. The material for the practical work is given during the course and made available on the platform Lea. The complete bibliography is provided in the exam schedule.
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.
The lectures start from a historical-linguistic outline ranging from the origins of Slavic civilization to the formation of the various modern Slavic languages, with different materials and specific bibliographical references encouraging independent reading. Will be required, however, an active participation from the students in the reading and interpretation of texts and documents.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination will test:
- Knowledge of historical and cultural contexts-language of the Slavs, the various Slavic languages, with particular attention to the Russian;
- Acquisition of knowledge and ability to apply the phono-morphological and syntactic main features of the Old Church Slavonic;
- Ability to read and comment passages and texts examined during the course;
- Communication skills on the main thematic issues, as well as personal opinions, study skills, cross-connection of the student, aimed at supporting arguments and interpretations more autonomous as possible;
- Will be considered inadequate the evaluation that does not demonstrate the acquisition of the minimum requirements listed above. Sufficient evaluation (18-23/30) will be the one determined by a minimum acquisition of knowledge of the historical and linguistic contexts, with adequate skills in understanding and applying morpho-syntactic knowledge of Old Church Slavonic (also applied to the reading passages taken into examination). Knowledge and skills of discrete, good or excellent level of the indicators listed above will lead to a discrete 24-25/30), good (26-28/30) or very good / excellent evaluation (29-30 cum laude).