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Mary Neuburger, Chair BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Spring 2008

RUS 385 • Russian Verb: Form/Meaning/Use

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45995 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 103

Course Description

Derivational morphology is the formation of new words (with new meanings) from other words. Inflectional morphology is the selection of the proper grammatical form for a given word. This course will investigate the Russian verb from both of these points of view. The course offers a systematic and practical survey of advanced Russian, encompassing both the literary norm and the numerous changes which the Russian language is presently undergoing. Linguistics as the science of language will be useful to this end, so descriptive and structural methods of analysis will be introduced on the basis of authentic usage. In collecting data we will utilize an extensive range of contemporary texts and media for our study. The goal of the course is to help you better understand how the language works, which in turn a) will help you improve your Russian, b) enhance your ability to teach it, and c) understand more fully the people and culture reflected in that language. No knowledge of linguistics is assumed. The language of instruction is English.

Grading Policy

Examinations (2): 40% Class participation: 25% Research project: 35% Prospectus and bibliography: 5% In-class presentation: 10% Paper: 20%


Course packet to be made available.


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