Slavica 50th Anniversary Reissues

These books are a series of reprints of notable titles published by Slavica and long out of print. We are restoring these titles to print and making them available as free downloads from our website,, in honor of Slavica’s fiftieth anniversary in 2016. Yes, we are officially middle-­‐‑aged. Founded by four graduate students at Harvard in 1966, Slavica published its first book in 1968, Studies Presented to Professor Roman Jakobson by His Students. To celebrate Slavica’s jubilee, we are releasing in .pdf format, no strings attached, scans of twelve out-­‐‑of-­‐‑print titles. Enjoy these books, tell your friends, and feel free to share them with colleagues and students.

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Common Slavic: Progress and Problems in its Reconstruction is an extraordinarily valuable annotated literature review. It is dated only in the sense that the literature surveyed is now fifty years older. There is nothing dated about the commentary on the literature, and given the relatively moderated pace of progress in historical Slavic linguistics in this era of intense focus on linguistic theory, a substantial portion of the material surveyed in this book is still state of the art with respect to our understanding of the historical comparative problems.


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Also see related reissue of Recent Advances in the Reconstruction of Common Slavic (1971-1982)

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Medieval Slavic Texts, Volume 1 is a collection of medieval texts, reprinted for students of Slavic philology, and representing a wide range of genres, language variants, and orthographic systems. As the title implies, the original intention was to continue the series with later texts, but this never actually happened. Nevertheless, this collection provides a selection of useful texts in accessible form. It should be noted that in the original print work, most pages were presented in portrait orientation, but some were landscape, and in this .pdf version we have rotated these pages to make them suitable for on-­‐‑screen reading. Our sincere thanks to Charles E. Gribble, co-­‐‑founder and long-­‐‑time owner of Slavica, for granting permission for this reprint. The publisher welcomes comments on this and other forthcoming out-­‐‑of-­‐‑print titles to be restored in this series.


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