Slavic Linguistics and Language

Courses are available in Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Macedonian, and Bulgarian as well as Albanian, Georgian, Lak, Lithuanian, and Romani.

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Slavic Linguistics and Languages

The Department offers options to specialize in Slavic Linguistics (Historical or Synchronic) or Contact Linguistics. Language and linguistics-oriented courses are available in Russian, Czech, Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Macedonian, and Bulgarian as well as Albanian, Georgian, Lak, and Romani. The option to pursue a joint degree in the Department of Linguistics broadens the opportunities for students in Slavic Linguistics.

MA: Students take a core set of courses required for all three tracks as well as a set of track-specific courses. All students are required to take a comprehensive written examination based on a departmental reading list and general coursework by the spring quarter of the second year; this exam serves as a Qualifying Examination for admission to the Ph.D. program

Common MA Core Courses:
The common core courses required of all students are: Introduction to Slavic Linguistics; Old Church Slavonic; Structure of Russian; History of Russian; and advanced knowledge of Russian (this requirement may be met by successfully completing 5th-year Russian).

Slavic Linguistics (Historical or Synchronic):
Students specializing in Historical or Synchronic Slavic linguistics are expected to demonstrate proficiency in reading a second Slavic language (this second requirement may be met by satisfactorily completing all work of a one-year language course), and courses in the history and structure of the second Slavic language. Two courses in literature or interdisciplinary studies are also required. Comparative Slavic is required for the specialization in Historical linguistics and Advanced Structure of Russian for the Synchronic linguistics.

Contact Linguistics:
Students specializing in Contact linguistics must demonstrate proficiency in a relevant language for their area, to be determined in consultation with their adviser. Other required courses include: Contact linguistics and two courses in literature or interdisciplinary studies. Courses in anthropological approaches to Language and Culture may serve for the literature/interdisciplinary requirement.

PhD:  Students who have been advanced to the Ph.D. program are expected to demonstrate mastery of their discipline as well as research skills by completion of a Qualifying Paper by the end of the spring quarter of their third year for continuation in the program. The topic of this paper is to be determined in consultation with the adviser. Successful completion of this Qualifying Paper is a prerequisite to defense of the dissertation proposal.

Common PhD Core courses:
All students are required to take general linguistics courses in Phonetics/Phonology and Syntax, a research seminar, and at least one upper-level seminar in Slavic or general linguistics.

Historical Slavic Linguistics:
In addition to the core courses, the track in Historical Slavic Linguistics requires: Introduction to Indo-European and Introduction to Historical linguistics, and a reading knowledge of one additional Slavic languages, so that East, West, and South Slavic languages are all represented.

Synchronic Slavic Linguistics:
In addition to the core courses, the track in Synchronic Slavic Linguistics requires: Advanced Structure of Russian, a second advanced seminar in Slavic or general linguistics (to be determined in consultation with the adviser) and a reading knowledge of one additional Slavic languages, so that East, West, and South Slavic languages are all represented.

Contact Linguistics:
Students in Contact Linguistics are required to complete Field Methods (I/II), Typology, Introduction to Indo-European or Introduction to Historical Linguistics.

Advancement to Candidacy:
Upon successful completion of all coursework and the Qualifying Paper, students are expected to defend a dissertation proposal no later than the spring quarter of the fourth year for Advancement to Candidacy.

For exact details of each course of study, please consult the Slavic Department Graduate Student Manual.