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Old Church Slavic


Admission requirements

This course requires basic familiarity with historical linguistics. Prior knowledge of one or more Slavic languages is an advantage but is not required.


Old Church Slavic is the oldest Slavic that is known to us and is in many respects close to Proto-Slavic, the reconstructed ancestor of all Slavic languages. The course will provide an introduction into the structure of Old Church Slavic and it will explore its Balto-Slavic and Indo-European origins. During the course, the student will become familiar with the historical background of the Old Church Slavic tradition and the characteristics of the Old Church Slavic textual corpus. Old Church Slavic phonology and the way in which it is reflected in the Old Church Slavic alphabets will be discussed in detail. Old Church Slavic grammar will be studied in enough detail for the participant to understand the historical developments that will be discussed and to read a number of texts. The focus of the second part of the course will be on historical phonology and morphology and the relation between Old Church Slavic and other Slavic languages.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, participants are expected to have basic structural knowledge of Old Church Slavic. He/she should be able to handle Old Church Slavic texts and to interpret Old Church Slavic data from an Indo-European perspective. The student will be aware of the most important literature concerning the historical grammar of Old Church Slavic.


2.2.2016. – 10.5.2016., Tuesdays 9:15-11:00.

Mode of instruction

The students will attend the BA course Introduction to Old Church Slavic (lecture and seminar) and read additional scholarly literature.

Course Load

Amount of lectures: 26 hours
Preparation lectures and assignments: 52 hours
Assessment: 2 hours
Preparation assessment: 60 hours
Additional readings: 40 hours
Assignment: 100 hours

Assessment method

An assigment (50%) and a written examination with open questions and a short text to be translated (50%). There will be a resit of the examination.


Blackboard will be used to provide the students with course materials (literature, slides).

Reading list

Will be distributed through Blackboard.


Students should register through uSis. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or registering, students that are registered for the specialisation that this course belongs to, or the Research Master, take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15 (first semester) or January 15 (second semester). All other students should contact the* coordinator of studies

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Master Linguistics student administration, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144;