Olga Miseka Tomic

xx + 485

A Grammar of Macedonian is the first comprehensive reference grammar to this language couched in the framework of generative grammar. The author has ensured cross-framework accessibility of the data by the constrained use of technical terminology and frequent reference to non-generative grammars of Macedonian, in particular to the works of Blaže Koneski and Zuzanna Topolinjska. The volume focuses on the structure of the nominal phrase and the clause as the principal intersection points of morphology and syntax. Preliminary chapters are devoted to sociolinguistic issues, historical development of Macedonian, the Balkan Sprachbund, and the phonology of the contemporary language. The core of the volume, however, is represented by extensive analysis of the nominal phrase (spanning four chapters) and clausal structure (six chapters). It is in these areas that the rich complexity of Macedonian morphosyntax emerges in full detail. A wealth of examples in the book and tables provides ample data for students studying Macedonian, as well as linguists who would like to get a taste of its unique features. Copious examples are given in full clausal form, illustrating a range of clausal types, including the range of tenses, mood structures, and interrogative and relative clauses. This book is recommended for library collections at community colleges, four-year colleges, and research universities.


UCLA Slavic Studies Volume 11




Preface     7

J. J. Hamm

 Inaugural Address: Oxonium Docet     9


General and Comparitive

Vladimr Barnet

Toward a Sociolinguistic Interpretation of the Origins of the Slavonic Literary Languages     13

Henrik Birnbaum

The Slavonic Language Community as a Genetic and Typological Class     21

Peter Kiraly

The Role of the Buda University Press in the Development of Orthography and Literary Languages     29

Rado L. Lencek

On Sociolinguistic Determinants in the Evolution of Slavic Literary Languages     39 W. F. Ryan

Astronomy in Church Slavonic

Linguistic Aspects of Cultural Transmission     53

West Slavonic

Helmut Fasske

The Historical, Economic and Political Bases of the Formation and Development of the Sorbian Literary Languages     61

Jozef Mistrik

The Modernization of Contemporary Slovak     71

Eugen Pauliny

The Effect of Magyarization on the Fortunes of Literary and Cultivated Slovak     77

Alexander Schenker

Czech Lexical Borrowings in Polish Re-examined     85

Gerald Stone

Language Planning and the Lower Sorbian Literary Language     99

Stanislaw Urbanczyk

The Origins of the Polish Literary Language     105

South Slavonic

Aleksandar Albijanic

The Demise of Serbian Church Slavic and the Advent of the Slaveno-Serbski Literary Dialect     115

Pet''r Dinekov

Aspects of the History of the Bulgarian Literary Language in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries     125

L. Hadrovics

The Status of the Croatian Regional Languages immediately before Gaj's Reforms     133

Peter Herrity

France Presheren and the Slovene Literary Language     147

Henry Leeming

Emil Koryto (1813-1839), Slavophile and Slavenophile     161

Francis Wenceslas Maresh

A Basic Reform of the Orthography at the Early Period of Croatian-Glagolitic Church Slavonic     177

Peter Rehder

The Concept of the Norm and the Literary Language among the Glagoljashi     183 Joze Toporisic

Kopitar as Defender of the Independence of the Slovene Language     193

East Slavonic

Gerta Huettl-Folter

The Lexical Heritage from the Old Russian Chronicles and the Formation of Literary Russian     207

H. Keipert

Old and New Problems of the Russian Literary Language (Arguments for a New Kind of Russian Linguistic History)     215

Arnold McMillin

The Development of the Byelorussian Literary Lexicon in the Nineteenth Century     225

Dean S. Worth

Vernacular and Slavonic in Kievan Rus'     233


Marianna D. Birnbaum

Innovative Archaism: a Facet in the Poetic Language of Endre Ady.     243

References     253



"This is a splendid volume, the many and wide-ranging papers admirably reflecting..." (JRS) "This fine book..." (SEEJ)

F.P. Sorokoletov and R.V. Odekov

Edited by Frank Gladney


Originally a publication of Saint Petersburg State University This reverse-alphabetized 240,000-word list, compiled from the multi-volume Slovar' russkix narodnyx govorov, encompasses not only the volumes published to date, but also the entire working files of the compilers at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Alphabetized from the end of the word, it provides an unparalleled tool for the linguistic investigation of the rich word-formation potential expressed in Russian dialects, as well as a host of other phonological and morphological features.

x + 361

The principal idea behind this book is that lexis and grammar make up a single coherent structure. It is shown that the grammatical patterns of the different classes of Russian nominals are closely interconnected. They can be described as reflecting a limited set of semantic distinctions which are also rooted in the lexical-semantic classification of Russian nouns. The presentation focuses on semantics, both lexical and grammatical, and not least the connection between these two levels of content. The principal theoretical impact is the insight that grammar and lexis should not be seen as a random collection of subsystems, but as a comprehensive structure of interconnected oppositions, repeating the same semantic distinctions at different levels and in different lexical and grammatical classes. The book is of interest to students of Russian and linguists with some command, stronger or weaker, of Russian. Students will see a pattern in what is traditionally described as disparate subsystems, and linguists may be inspired to consider the theoretical points concerning language as a coherent system, determining usage. This book is recommended for library collections at community colleges, four-year colleges, and research universities.

Book Reviews

Review in "SEEJ," Vol. 60, no. 3 (Summer 2016), 591-592 pp.


Chapter I examines the neuter, which is the rarest of the three Russian genders, paradigmatically and syntagmatically. Moreover, its rate of decline is accelerating. The neuter's productive base is shown to be very narrow and highly syncretic. Historically it has followed a "bust-boom-bust" cycle which appears to be crucial to its predominant function as a stylistically and semantically specialized category. In Chapter II the third-declension feminines are shown to be similar to the neuters in all of the above regards except one: they have completed just two-thirds of the cycle; only the precursors of a final "bust" are detectable. In Chapter III the role of the two noun classes in the lexicon is analysed in terms of markedness theory. It is shown that both groups are ineluctably associated with abstract meaning, the obsolescence of which in the modern Russian lexicon is causing the decline of the neuter and the precursors thereof among the third-declension feminines. "The book is attractive and informative on a level that should appeal to both specialists and students..." (SEEJ) "...clearly written and generally accessible work... Overall, this is a valuable study." (SEER)


Because this book contains not only the grammatical material, but also readings and a detailed glossary for them, with full cross-referencing, it makes a complete introductory course in OCS. All paradigms and reading selections (except the Freising texts) are in the Cyrillic alphabet, and the entire book makes liberal use of bold face, italics, etc. The 75-page Glossary lists every word in the texts in the form in which it actually occurs, along with short explanations of the grammar and references to appropriate paragraphs in the body of the text, thereby making the book suitable for self-instruction. Considerable comparative linguistic information from Russian, South Slavic, Baltic, and more generally Indo-European is also given.


"A good scholarly introduction to the study of OCS. ... The author has written a solid and well-conceived introduction to OCS and has demonstrated real scholarship." (SEEJ)