Church Slavonisms in Old Russian Textology

Dean S. Worth, University of California, Los Angeles

Phono- and morphological South Slavonisms in Russian Church Slavonic are usually treated globally, i.e., grad", pl"k", gsf dobryja vs. ESl gorod", p"lk", dobroeh, etc.; texts are classified as more or less Slavonic (= non-autochthonous) depending on the mixture of SSl vs. ESl forms. This gross classification can be refined in two ways. First, if one distinguishes "major" from "minor" oppositions, e.g., grad" : gorod" vs. pl"k" : p"lk", one sees that they pattern differently within given texts or groups of texts. Second, if one distinguishes between those morphemes which vary between SSl and ESl forms within a given text on the one hand (call them, for want of a better term, "probative"), and those which are invariably SSl or ESl on the other hand, they too pattern different. The utility of these additional distinctions will be demonstrated on the material of the Skazanie of Boris and Gleb in the Uspenskij Sbornik: it will be shown that hitherto unrecognized (as far as I know) textual subdivisions can be brought to light by this approach.