Ljiljana Duraskovic

  • Teaching Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Advisor for Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian Studies minor
  • Assistant Dean, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Duraskovic teaches Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian and is the Director of Undergraduate studies and the coordinator and advisor of our thriving BCS Program. She is also certified ACTFL OPI tester and a rater for Russian and Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian. She is the East European and Near Eastern Program Coordinator for the intensive Summer Language Institute. Currently she holds a position as an Assistant Dean for undergraduate studies at Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Education & Training

  • PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University
  • MA, Slavic Linguistics, University of Montenegro
  • BA, Russian Language and Literature, University of Montenegro

Courses Taught

  • Beginning, Intermediate,  Advanced, and 4th year Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian
  • Understanding the Balkans: Introduction to Balkan Culture and Literature
  • Intensive Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced and 4th Year Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian
  • Serbian/Croatian Advanced Enhancement Course for Air-Force students (Listening and Reading for L2+ and L3)
  • Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Russian
  • Individualized Instructions of Russian (Elementary to 4th year)
  • Historical Grammar of the Russian Language
  • Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced Russian (Translation and Conversation)
  • Russian Language for students not majoring in Russian

Representative Publications

Duraskovic, Lj. Tore, Nesset. How Russian Came to Be the Way It Is. A Student Guide to the History of the Russian Language. Book review, Bloomington: Slavica, 2017

Duraskovic, Lj. Adverbial Meanings of Cases in the Novgorod, Laurentian and Hypatian Chronicles, Working Papers in Slavic Studies, 2:41-49, 2003.

Đurašković, Lj. K voprosu ob obrazovanii narechij v drevnerusskom jazyke (Na materiale Slovarja drevnerusskogo jazyka XI-XIV vv.), Сборник статей (MAPRJAL), Belgrade, 2001.

Đurašković, Lj. Frazeološki problemi prevodjenja (Ruski prevodi proznih tekstova Stevana Sremca), eng. Phraseological problems in translation (Russian translations of texts by Stevan Sremac), Književno delo Stevana Sremca, Niš, 2000.

Research Interests

  • Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian Language 
  • Russian Language and Russian Linguistics 
  • Methodology of Teaching Foreign Languages
  • Historical Grammar of the Russian Language
  • Old Church Slavonic Language
  • Language Testing and Assessment
  • Balkan History, Culture and Film
  • Morphology of Slavic languages

Representative Conference Presentations

“The End of Tito’s Legacy:  Renaming of Toponyms as a Symbol of Identity, History and Power”, The Midwest  Slavic Conference, The Ohio State University, April 5-7, 2019.

  “Who, Why and How is studying BCMS in America (this lecture was based on profiles of our students and methodology of teaching foreign languages in the US)”, invited lecture at the Slavic Department, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, December 2018.

  “Change: A Short walk Through the History of Languages”, The Summer Language Institute, University of Pittsburgh, June, 2018.

  “Where the Gusle Still Reverberates/Echoing”- Montenegrin migrants living a life between the new    and the old home”, The Midwest Slavic Conference, The Ohio State University, March 23-25, 2018.

  “The Expression of Personal Ownership in Medieval Russian Legal Language", The Midwest Slavic Conference, The Ohio State University, April 7-9, 2017.

“International Curriculum Development—Teaching and Technical Consultant Perspectives –Presentation”, Workshop INTERNATIONALIZING OUR CURRICULUM, University of  Pittsburgh, November 2016.

Dissertation Title and Year

The Expression of Possession in Medieval Russian Legal Language: Contextual Factors in the Selection of Alternatives.

Research Grants

  • ERASMUS Plus Teaching Mobility Grant, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2019)
  • Small Research Grant, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center  (2019)
  • Small Research Grant – Russian and Eastern European Center
  • Development Grant – Russian and Eastern European Center Course (2011)