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Theory and Methods of Comparative Linguistics

Diachronic and synchronic approaches to the study of comparative linguistics in phonology, morphology, morphophonemics, syntax, and lexical categories in the context of the world's languages. Both Indo-European and non-Indo-European languages. Topics include theories of reconstruction, languages in contact, abductive processes, questions of linguistic typology and cultural-based approaches to the analytical study of human languages. Research project required. One course.

Semiotics and Linguistics (DS4)

A survey of modern semiotics, particularly the works of C.S. Peirce, Roman Jakobson, Yury Lotman, Roland Barthes and Umberto Eco. Analysis of semiotic works directly related to questions of the construction of cultural and linguistic meaning, and linguistic sign theory. Emphasis on semiotic theories from a multi-cultural perspective, especially the European, Tartu, Soviet, and American schools. Research project required. One course.

Global Russia

Globalization of Russian culture as manifested in popular and academic cultural forms, including political ideologies, media and artistic texts, film, theater and television, markets, educational and legal institutions, historical and contemporary social movements.

The Frontiers and Minorities of the Tsarist and Soviet Empires

Introduces multiconfessional, multilingual, multicultural composition of Russian & Soviet empires with questions concerning minorities in an imperial context. Learn about construction, interaction, and manipulation of cultures and identities. Balance Tsarist & Soviet efforts to modernize and Russify minorities, such as Ashkenazi Jews, Poles, & Turkic Muslims, against negotiated transformation and cultural resilience of minorities.

Russian Language and Culture through Music

Study of Russian cultural paradigms and constructs of self and other as demonstrated in Russian and Soviet folk, popular, and classical music (texts and performance), primarily twentieth century to the present. Special attention given to the analysis of cultural, linguistic, and semantic constructs as well as comparative analyses of Soviet and Russian culture and Russian and European/American culture. Prerequisite: RUSSIAN 301S or equivalent or consent of instructor. One course.

Russian Language and Culture through Theatre

Study of Russian cultural paradigms and constructs of self and other as demonstrated in Russian and Soviet theatre (texts and performance), primarily from the 1920s to the present. Special attention given to the analysis of cultural, linguistic, and semantic constructs as well as comparative analyses of Soviet and Russian culture and Russian and European/American culture. Prerequisite: RUSSIAN 301S or equivalent or consent of instructor. One course.

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