Linguistics Courses

The department has recently added linguistics courses to its undergraduate offerings (as a complement to an already well-developed range of graduate linguistics courses). Through courses on topics like bilingualism, or language ideology in the Balkans, you can explore language as a means of cultural expression. And courses like Introduction to Russian Linguistics and Survey of the Slavic Languages will help you make sense of why the Slavic languages are the way they are. So if you are the kind of person who is fascinated by grammar, or just someone who has been frustrated by seemingly arbitrary "exceptions" to rules of grammar, these are the courses for you! Come find out how Russian and the other Slavic languages really work.

Undergraduate Courses (1000-5000) | Graduate Courses (5000-8000)

Slavic 3800

Bilingualism: Life in Two Worlds

Offered: Occasionally | 3 credit units

The majority of the world population is becoming increasingly bilingual and bilingualism is viewed as the rule rather than the exception in the 21st century. This course explores the multifaceted aspects of a bilingual individual, i.e., the reasons to become bilingual, cognitive and social advantages of bilingualism, attitudes to people with accents, personality and bilingualism, etc. Through the instructor’s lectures, assigned readings, engaging discussions and a course project students will be exposed to numerous aspects of bilingualism, both at the individual and societal levels.GEC: Social Diversity in the United States (Social Sciences).

Russian/Slavic 4191

Internship for Russian/Slavic Majors

Offered: By arrangement | 1-3 credit units

Intensive work experience or research assistance relating to Slavic and Eastern European languages or cultures, conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.
Prereq: Declared Slavic and East European Languages Major and permission of the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours or 2 completions. This course is graded S/U.


Slavic 4597

The Politics of Language in Southeast Europe

Offered: Annually | 3 credit units

In a global world, language is a key issue in the articulation of ethnicity and the struggle for power. This course looks at how the languages of the Balkans serve as the foundations for modern ethnic and religious identities, and how linguistic histories and structures have been and continue to be manipulated for social and political purposes. Prereq: Junior standing or higher. GE cross-disciplinary seminar and diversity global studies


Russian 4600

Introduction to Russian Linguistics

Offered: Occasionally | 3 credit units

Foundational understanding of Russian phonetics, phonology, morphology, and historical linguistics for Russian majors and minors. Taught in English. Prereq: Russian 2104 or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 631.


Slavic 4760

Survey of the Slavic Languages

Offered: Annually | 3 credit units

Introduction to the Slavic language family for non-specialists: main shared features, relationship to other Indo-European languages, development of writing systems, history of standardization, and language and national identity. Taught in English. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 760.


Slavic 4998

Undergraduate Supervised Project

Offered: By arrangement | 1-3 credit units

Opportunity for undergraduate majors and minors to do non-thesis research or creative work (e.g., translations) under faculty supervision for credit. Prereq: Major or minor status in one of department's programs and permission of faculty member supervising the project and Undergraduate Studies Coordinator. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours or 2 completions. This course is graded S/U.


Slavic 4999

Undergraduate Thesis Research

Offered: By arrangement | 1-3 credit units

Faculty-supervised undergraduate research on Russian, Slavic, East Central European, Southeast European, or East European language(s), literature(s), or culture(s), culminating in a thesis. Prereq: Senior standing; permission of instructor under whose supervision the work is to be completed and department Undergraduate Studies Coordinator. Not open to students with credit for 783H. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours or 2 completions. This course is graded S/U.


Slavic 4999H

Honors Undergraduate Thesis Research

Offered: By arrangement | 1-3 credit units

Faculty-supervised honors research on Russian, Slavic, East Central European, Southeast European, or East European language(s), literature(s), or culture(s), culminating in a thesis. Prereq: Senior standing; a grade of A in at least half of the Slavic department courses taken and an average of B in the remainder; permission of instructor under whose supervision the work is to be completed and the Arts and Sciences Honors Committee. Not open to students with credit for 783H. This course is graded S/U.

 


Russian 5601

Structure of Russian I

Offered: Every two years | 3 credit units

Systematic synchronic description of the structure of Contemporary Standard Russian, focusing on phonetics, phonology, and morphology, and associated theoretical issues. Taught in English. Prereq: 3102, or graduate standing in Slavic, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Russian 640 or Russian 6601.


Slavic 5621

Reading Course in a South Slavic Language

Offered: Every fourth year | 3 credit units

Fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary needed for reading Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, or Slovenian. Prereq: Repeatable with change of language and permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 671 in a South Slavic language or Slavic 7621. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours.


Slavic 5623

Reading Course in a West Slavic Language

Offered: Every fourth year | 3 credit units

Fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary needed for reading a West Slavic language (Czech, Polish, Slovak, Upper and Lower Sorbian). Taught in English. Repeatable with change of language and permission of instructor. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 671 in a West Slavic language. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours.


East European 5627

Reading Course in a Balkan or East European Language

Offered: Every fourth year | 3 credit units

Fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary needed for reading a non-Slavic language of Eastern or East Central Europe or the Balkans (e.g., Albanian, Romanian, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, or Lithuanian).
Prereq: Graduate standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 671. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours.
 

Russian 5701

History of Russian I

Offered: Every two years | 3 credit units

Survey of the most important developments in the Russian writing system, phonology, morphology, and syntax from Old East Slavic to modern times; Russian among the Slavic languages; main methodologies in historical linguistics. Prereq: 3102 or 503, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Russian 720 or Russian 6701.


Slavic 6600

Slavic Linguistics Professionalization Forum

Offered: Autumn, Spring | 1 credit unit

Biweekly colloquium for presentations and discussion of research by graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars. Required for M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Slavic Linguistics. Prereq: Graduate standing. Repeatable to a maximum of 8 credit hours. This course is graded S/U.


Russian 6602

Structure of Russian II

Offered: Every two years | 3 credit units

Reading and discussion of scholarly works on issues in the linguistic structure of Contemporary Standard Russian from various theoretical viewpoints. Prereq: 6601 (640), or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 826.


Slavic 6625

Old Church Slavonic

Offered: Every fourth year | 3 credit units

Introduction to the grammar of Old Church Slavonic, with readings in authentic medieval Slavic texts. Taught in English. Prior knowledge of a Slavic language not required. Prereq: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 810.


Russian 6702

History of Russian II

Offered: Every two years | 3 credit units

Reading and discussion of scholarly works on issues in the linguistic history of Russian from various theoretical viewpoints. Prereq: 6701 (720), or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 827.


Slavic 7622

South Slavic Linguistics

Offered: Every fourth year | 3 credit units

Linguistic discussion of issues in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, or Slovenian, with some reading in the original language(s). Repeatable with change of topic by permission of instructor. Prereq: 7621 (671) or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 861 except with permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours.


Slavic 7624

West Slavic Linguistics

Offered: Every fourth year | 3 credit units

Linguistic discussion of issues in Czech, Polish, Slovak, or Upper and Lower Sorbian, with some reading in the original language(s). Repeatable with change of topic by permission of instructor.     Prereq: 7623 or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 862. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours.


Slavic 7626

Prehistory of the Slavic Languages

Offered: Every fourth year | 3 credit units

Place of Slavic in the Indo-European languages and development of Indo-European phonology and morphology into Common Slavic and the contemporary Slavic languages, with application of various methodologies of historical linguistics. Prereq: 7625 (810) or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 864.


East European 7628

Balkan Linguistics

Offered: Every fourth year | 3 credit units

Linguistic discussion of issues in a non-Slavic language or languages of the Balkan Sprachbund, with some reading in the original language(s). Repeatable with change of topic by permission of instructor.
Prereq: 7627 (671), or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 672. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours.
 

Slavic 8641

Data Analysis for Linguists

Offered: Occasionally | 3 credit units

Tools for quantitative analysis of corpora of Slavic languages and experimental data, with discussion of methodological and theoretical issues in linguistic data analysis. Includes an introduction to programming in R. Taught in English. Prereq: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.


Slavic 8642

Pragmalinguistic Approaches to the Slavic Languages

Offered: Occasionally | 3 credit units

Discussion of theories and methodologies of linguistics pragmatics & research on the pragmatics of individual Slavic languages. Taught in English. Prereq: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.


Slavic 8660

Seminar in Slavic Synchronic Linguistics

Offered: Occasionally | 3 credit units

Special topics and guided research in advanced issues of Slavic and Balkan linguistics on the synchronic level. Prereq: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 credit hours.


Slavic 8741

Medieval Slavic Workshop

Offered: Every two years | 6 credit units

Biennial intensive Summer or May-term workshop in the methodology of working with medieval Cyrillic manuscripts using manuscripts from the Hilandar Research Library of The Ohio State University. Taught in English. Prereq: 7625 (810), or Russian 6701 (720), or permission of instructor and accepted application to Medieval Slavic Institute through OSU Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies. Not open to students with credit for 812 & 814.


Slavic 8760

Seminar in Slavic Historical Linguistics

Offered: Occasionally | 3 credit units

Special topics and guided research in advanced issues of Slavic and Balkan historical linguistics or Slavic philology. Prereq: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 credit hours.


Slavic 8800

Cognitive Aspects of Second Language Acquisition

Offered: Occasionally | 3 credit units

Fundamentals of theory and methodology in Second Language Acquisition research; students will design and conduct a small-scale study. Taught in English; no background in Slavic required. Requirement in Interdept Spec in Second Language Studies. Prereq: Graduate standing and completion of Foreign Language Teaching Workshop (801 or 7801 course) or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Russian 802.


Slavic 8801

Cognitive and Linguistic Aspects of Bilingualism

Offered: Occasionally | 3 credit units

Discussion of the main issues in the field of Bilingualism from three different perspectives: psycholinguistic, linguistic, socio-linguistic, and applied linguistic. Taught in English. Elective for GIS in Second Language Studies. Prereq: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 803.


Slavic 8802

Language and Memory: Psycholinguistic Approaches to Bilingualism

Offered: Annually | 3 credit units

Discussion of psycholinguistic works related to memory and its role in language processing, second language learning, and forgetting. Taught in English. Elective for the GIS in Second Language Studies. Prereq: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 804.


Slavic 8803

Language, Culture, and Cognition

Offered: Occasionally | 3 credit units

Discussion of different methodological & theoretical approaches to the Linguistic Relativity (Sapir-Whorf) hypothesis, including data and scholarship from Russian & other Slavic languages. Taught in English. Prereq: Graduate standing, or permission of instructor.


Slavic 8804

Psycholinguistics of Code-Switching

Offered: Occasionally | 3 credit units

Discussion of psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic approaches to code-switching; advanced methods of analysis and research design; evidence from Russian studies. Taught in English. Elective in GIS in Second Language Studies. Prereq: Graduate standing, or permission of instructor.


Slavic 8860

Seminar in Slavic Second Language Acquisition

Offered: Occasionally | 3 credit units

Special topics & guided research in advanced issues of SLA, psycholinguistics, bilingualism, code-switching, & language contact, including evidence from studies of Slavic & East European languages. Taught in English. Elective for GIS in SLS. Prereq: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 credit hours.


Slavic 8899

Interdepartmental Seminar

Offered: Occasionally | 3 credit units

Two or more departments present seminars on subjects of mutual interest; topics to be announced. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 credit hours.


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