Old Church Slavonic
Old Church Slavonic was first written down about 860 A.D. by the first missionaries to the Slavs from the Eastern Church: Saints Cyril and Methodius. Some existing manuscripts date from before 1000 CE. In this OCS course, we learn the alphabet(s) and the grammatical structure of the language, and read selected texts, chiefly from Bible translations.
A lecture by B. O. Unbegaun on Old Church Slavonic and its relation to Russian: see here.
- “Yat” (ѣ), “izhitsa” and other “weird” letters: on the orthography reform of 1918
- The Story of “Jers”
- Abbreviations: “OMG, the Vikings did it too!”