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Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures Collection

Nina Bogdanovsky
Slavic and Eastern Languages Bibliographer

Collection Overview
Collection development supports undergraduate coursework, M.A. coursework and research, and faculty research of the Slavic and Eastern Languages Department . The Russian Press Service approval plan of current publications from Russia provides Russian language materials for the Russian Language and Literature and Slavic Studies programs. EmigrĂ© literature is covered through publishers in the United States and abroad. Linguistics collection development is concerned mainly with the Indo-European languages. A number of faculty research areas are also taken into consideration in collection building. In Russian, they include such areas as classical and modern Russian poetry, Jews in Russian literature, Nabokov, the teaching of Russian, and the South Slavic area. In linguistics, faculty research areas include general and historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, semantics, syntactic theory, teaching English as a foreign language, theories of language learning in historical perspective, liturgical language, morphology, morphophoemics of ancient languages, poetics and poetic theory, and areas which can be related to language such as music and mathematics. In Chinese they include modern writers, Chinese dialects, methods of teaching Chinese, and the cultural approach to the Far East. In Asian Studies they include historical linguistics, other Eastern languages including Japanese, and Japanese culture studies. In the Celtic area: Celtic philology, the idea of Irishness, the life of Saint Patrick, and the Celtic Heroic Age. Collection development levels support the B.A. and M.A. in Russian Language and Literature, Slavic Studies, and General Linguistics. Enrollment at the M.A. level is small and mostly in Russian Language and Literature. The mainstay of the department remains its many courses in Russian language and culture, followed by a fairly even balance of courses in Slavic languages and culture, Chinese language and culture, Japanese language and culture, Celtic languages and culture, the English language (especially as a second language), and linguistics. Also included are courses in other Eastern languages. The department is small and capable of changes in emphases, which collection development needs to take into account. | View selected resources »

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Interdisciplinary Elements of Subject Area
The area of linguistics intersects with areas studied in the Romance Languages and English Departments, and also with areas studied in the departments of Psychology (psycholinguistics), Sociology (sociolinguistics), and Computer Science (which offers the department a minor in cognitive science). Language acquisition is also studied in the School of Education. Linguistics is a part of the Irish Studies program and is also important in the study of liturgical language and of medieval texts. In the Slavic and Eastern Languages Department, there is an interest in music history and musicology which intersects with the Music Department.

Formats and Types of Materials
The bulk of the material is monographic, although there is a good representation of serials in Russian language and literature and in general linguistics. Some audiovisual materials dealing with language are bought for the library, but it is not an area of large emphasis because a language lab on campus also acquires audiovisual materials on language learning. Some language textbooks are bought. Some microform collections are also of interest to the department.

Most of the foreign language materials bought for the department are in Russian. Other European languages are bought for the program areas of Russian, Slavic studies, and linguistics.A small amount is bought in Chinese, and a small amount in Japanese and other Eastern languages. Works in English cover the whole spectrum of the department's needs, including works in English translation.

Geographic Area Coverage
Russia and Eastern Europe, peripheral Western Europe, and the Far East are the main geographical focal points of the department, with also some emphasis on the Near East, although a geographically broad range of languages are considered for linguistic analysis both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Time Periods
While many courses involve modern languages, the area of general linguistics studies languages over time and the antecedents of modern language, so that archaic languages and philology are required.

Dates of Publication
Library buying keeps up with current publications and retrospective buying is done as budget permits.