Similar to the difference between Classical and Ecclesiastical Latin.
what's the difference between Church Slavonic and Old Church Slavonic?
I'd really like to teach myself the fundamentals of the Slavonic language. The book you are refering to is NOT Church Slavonic, but Old Church Slavonic. There's a difference. Lunt's grammar isn't really to learn to use the language or really to understand it, but to study its linguistics.
is it a totally impossible feat to try and teach myself this language? I have nothing to do all summer, and I have a real knack for languages. (I'm in honors French II and honors Italian I)
plus, I have a very close friend at church who says she can read half of the language, so she could be valuable up to a certain point.
I am also going to get this book: http://www.amazon.com/Church-Slavonic-Grammar-Horace-Lunt/dp/3110162849/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276752721&sr=8-2
does anyone have any opinions about it?
thanks! or should I say Dzieki!
There is an English translation of a Russian grammar of CS from Jordanville, but I forget the author's name offhand. Lord willing I'll come back and post. The wikipedia articles are good on this, and there are links. The Ruthenian Metropolia has a website with some things, but I cannot remember the address offhand. readersinstitute or some such thing.
The Grammar I was thinking of was Bishop Alypy's
Classical Latin syntax terrifies me:I could understand literally 100 percent of the words, but the syntax leaves me completely baffled
at what the sentence is trying to say! But vulgar/ecclesiastical syntax is way easier for me (and more similar to modern romance syntax) thank God. It's like talking to my long lost ancient roman forefathers in Latin,and I understand them.
Vulgar Latin compared to classical Latin pretty much is like modern English to Shakespearean English.
Eques for Caballus, astrum for Stella, os for bucca.
Classical Latin uses a lot of archaic words.... while vulgar Latin uses a lot of modern words that are still found in the modern romance languages.
Again what terrifies me the most about classical Latin is it's insanely difficult to understand syntax.
And this is coming from a guy who was raised speaking English, and Spanish, then later learned French,Italian, Latin, and also started learning Greek.