RUS 369 • STRUCTURE OF RUSSIAN
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
This course will survey the structure of Contemporary Russian in several areas: phonology (sound structure), morphology (word structure), and syntax (sentence structure). We will especially focus on grammatical topics which are not, for lack of time, adequately covered in the advanced language courses, such as participles and nuances of verb agreement, aspectual use, and case assignment. Lectures and class discussion will be in English, interweaving analysis of concepts with copious exemplification and interpretation. We will emphasize the use of authentic materials reflecting the contemporary language, especially from the web, including written texts and media resources (audio and video). The focus throughout is on improving your Russian.
In-class examinations (3): 60% In-class presentation (in English) and other special projects: 20% Class participation and homework assignments in preparation for class discussion: 20%
A course pack will be made available for purchase; details will be announced in class. There will be numerous handouts, which should be kept in a loose-leaf binder.