PLIN005 From Proto-Slavonic to Czech

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Olga Navrátilová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Zdeňka Hladká, Dr.
Department of Czech Language - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jaroslava Vybíralová
Supplier department: Department of Czech Language - Faculty of Arts
Tue 12:00–13:40 D21
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 8/20, only registered: 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The seminar is focused on Proto-Slavonic as the starting point in the development of Czech (especially of Old Czech). The course deals with the relation of Proto-Slavonic to other Indo-European languages, with the development of Proto-Slavonic phonology and morphology, with the dialectal split of Proto-Slavonic, especially with regard to the position of Czech in the process of differentiation of Slavonic languages. Attention is paid especially to those phonological and morphological features that are significant for understanding of Old and Modern Czech (the course thus touches information necessary for the following course “From Old Czech to Modern Czech”). Beginnings of Slavonic literature (especially on this territory) and the development of Slavonic script are partially reflected. At the end of the course students will be able to reconstruct the Proto-Slavonic form of words, to give the Proto-Czech/Old Czech form of words on the basis of reconstructed Proto-Slavonic forms, to decline Proto-Slavonic names, to conjugate Proto-Slavonic verbs and also to be able to read texts written in the Cyrillic script.
  • Main areas: 1) History and present-day state of Slavonic studies. Classification of Slavonic languages. 2) Historical background of the origin of the first Slavonic language and its writing systems. 3) Divergent/Convergent language development; Indo-European language proto-basis (hypotheses on the proto-country); classification of Indo-European languages. 4) Disintegration of the Indo-European language proto-basis; Proto-Baltic period (Baltic-Slavonic Language union?); Proto-Slavonic and its periods; hypotheses on the Proto-Slavonic proto-country; dialectal split of Proto-Slavonic. 5) Elementary syllabic and phonological laws of Proto-Slavonic, Pt. I: the tendency towards the rising sonority of syllables. 6) Elementary syllabic and phonological laws of Proto-Slavonic, Pt. II: the tendency towards the harmonization of articulation within syllables. 7) Late Proto-Slavonic changes – contraction, loss and vocalization of yers, de-nasalisation. 8) Proto-Slavonic grammatical categories of nouns. Nominal declension. 9) pronominal and compound declensions. 10) Proto-Slavonic grammatical categories of verbs. Classification of old Church Slavonic verbs. 11) Proto-Slavonic present tents and imperative. 12) The system of Proto-Slavonic past tenses. 13) Proto-Slavonic analytic forms.
  • 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 (Introduction to Slavonic philology and Old Church Slavonic). 5. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2002. 112 pp. ISBN 80-210-2961-7. 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. 1. vyd. Brno: Vydavatelství MU, Brno, 1995. 122 pp. ISBN 80-210-1184-X. info
  • LAMPRECHT, Arnošt, Dušan ŠLOSAR and Jaroslav BAUER. Historická mluvnice češtiny. 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1986. 423 s. info
  • PETR, Jan. Základy slavistiky. Vyd. 1. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1984. 143 s. info
  • BĚLIČ, Jaromír, Adolf KAMIŠ and Karel KUČERA. Malý staročeský slovník. Edited by Václav Křístek. Vyd. 1. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1979. 707 s. info
Teaching methods
Methods of teaching are lectures, discussion in classes, homework, reading Old Church Slavonic/Old Czech text and assigned (compulsory) sources, drills. Knowledge and skills acquired during independent work are checked during the seminars.
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Study Materials
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2021.
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