CJJ07 Proto-Slavic

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Ilona Janyšková, CSc. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Pavel Kosek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Olga Navrátilová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Pavel Kosek, Ph.D.
Department of Czech Language - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jaroslava Vybíralová
Supplier department: Department of Czech Language - Faculty of Arts
Timetable of Seminar Groups
CJJ07/01: Tue 14:00–15:40 D33, I. Janyšková
CJJ07/02: Tue 8:00–9:40 D22, O. Navrátilová
CJJ07/03: Thu 10:00–11:40 D33, O. Navrátilová
CJJ04 Morphology
A concurrently running lecture CJBB121 Fundamentals of Slavonic studies is recommended.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 100 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/100, only registered: 40/100, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/100
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The seminar is aimed at explanations about Proto-Slavonic as the common basis of Slavonic languages providing students with elementary information on developmental tendencies in the individual Slavonic languages. The focus is on the development of Proto-Slavonic phonology and morphology, on the origin and development of Slav’s script. The explanation leads to the classification of contemporary Slavonic languages and builds necessary prerequisites for the course CJJ08 Historical development of Czech.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be able:
- to reconstruct Proto-Slavonic forms of words,
-to determine the form of a word in the individual Slavonic languages on the basis of the reconstructed Proto-Slavonic form,
- to explain main developmental trends in Proto-Slavonic morphology,
- to classify contemporary Slavonic languages.
  • 1. Classification of Slavonic languages.
  • 2. Historical circumstances of the origin of the oldest Slavonic language and its systems of script.
  • 3. Divergent and convergent development of language, historically-comparative method. Nostratic hypothesis, Indo-European period, disintegration of Indo-European languages.
  • 4. Proto-Baltic period (Balto-Slavonic language community?), Proto-Slavonic.
  • 5. Tendency towards the progressive sonority of syllables.
  • 6. The law of syllabic harmony.
  • 7. Prosodic means of Proto-Slavonic. Dephonologisation of quantity.
  • 8. Changes leading to the origin of Slavonic languages (contraction, disappearance and vocalisation of yers, denasalisation.
  • 9. Declension of nouns.
  • 10. Declension of pronouns.
  • 11. Declension of adjectives.
  • 12. Conjugation.
  • 13. Dialectal split of Proto-Slavonic.
  • SUSSEX, Roland - CUBBERLEY, Paul V. The Slavic languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. ISBN 978-0-521-22315-7.
  • VEČERKA, Radoslav. Staroslověnština v kontextu slovanských jazyků (Old Church Slavonic in the context of Slavonic languages). Olomouc; Praha: Univerzita Palackého; Euroslavica, 2006. 273 pp. Univerzita Palackého Olomouc. ISBN 80-244-0889-9. info
  • VEČERKA, Radoslav. Základy slovanské filologie a staroslověnštiny [Večerka, 2002]. 5. nezměn. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2002. 112 s. ISBN 80-201-2961-7. info
  • VEČERKA, Radoslav. Staroslověnské texty. Brno: Masarykova univerzita Brno, 1996. 195 pp. ISBN 80-210-0818-0. info
  • PALLASOVÁ, Eva. Texty ke studiu jazyka staroslověnského. Brno: Masarykova univerzita v Brně, Filozofická fakulta, 1995. 82 s. ISBN 80-210-1184-X. info
  • LAMPRECHT, Arnošt. Praslovanština [1-7940]. V Brně: Univerzita J.E. Purkyně, 1987. info
  • VEČERKA, Radoslav. Staroslověnština. Vyd. 1. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1984. 231 s. info
  • PETR, Jan. Základy slavistiky. Vyd. 1. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1984. 143 s. info
  • KURZ, Josef. Učebnice jazyka staroslověnského. Vyd. 1. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1969. 233 s., 4. info
Teaching methods
Teaching methods that are used include: lectures, discussions in classes, homework, reading specific scholarly sources (compulsory sources), drills. Competences, knowledge and skills acquired by students during their preparatory work. An electronic support of teaching in the form of an e-learning course is a part of the course.
Assessment methods
To pass the exam: 1. active and regular participation in classes is necessary (students’ knowledge is continuously checked during the term in a written form and in an oral form); 2. it is necessary to complete the e-learning course (without fulfilling this condition, students must not register for the written test); 3. it is necessary to pass the final exam.
The exam consists of a written part and of an oral part. A/ The written part consists of reconstruction of the phonological development of specific Proto-Slavonic words, including differences emerging from the dialectal split of Proto-Slavonic and on the basis of knowledge of main features of Proto-Slavonic morphology. To pass the test, it is necessary to gain at least 70 % of points. B/ Topics of the oral exam are issues of historically-comparative Slavonic linguistics (with the focus on the development of Proto-Slavonic phonology) and classification of contemporary Slavonic languages based on differences in the development of Proto-Slavonic during the period of its dialectal split - to pass the oral part, it is necessary to answer correctly ca. 70 % of questions.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Information on completion of the course: Zápočet se uděluje na základě úspěšného zvládnutí písemného testu.
The course is taught annually.

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