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Kristina Bukelskyte-Cepele

About me

Brief biography

  • Since Spring Term 2020: Postdoctoral Researcher in Baltic Languages at Stockholm University and Project Coordinator for the RJ-funded research programme LAMP - Language and Myths of Prehistory (part-time)
  • Mar. 2020 - July 2021: Substitute Lecturer, Baltic Languages, Stockholm University (part-time)
  • 2019-2020: Programme Administrator, Sophiahemmet University (Stockholm, Sweden) 
  • 2017: Ph.D.-degree in Baltic Languages, Stockholm University (Sweden)
  • 2010: M.A. in Linguistics, Vilnius University (Lithuania)
  • 2008: B.A. in Philology, Vilnius University (Lithuania)



Previous and current teaching since 2013

Section for Baltic Languages, Stockholm University

  • Lithuanian Language Proficiency I (7.5 cr), online course
  • Lithuanian Language Proficiency II (7.5 cr), online course
  • Baltic History of Literature and Cultural History (7.5 cr), online course
  • Lithuanian Language I A-B: Language Knowledge and Proficiency (15 cr), campus course
  • Lithuanian Language II C-D: Language Knowledge and Proficiency (15 cr), campus course
  • Lithuanian Language III: Morphology and Syntax (7.5 cr), campus course
  • Baltic History, Culture and Society (7.5 cr) – Lithuania in Modern Times, campus course

Teacher qualification for higher education

  • Autumn Term 2013: Course Design (UP1, 3 cr), Department of Education, Stockholm University
  • Spring Term 2014: Teaching in the Disciplines (UP2, 4.5 cr), Department of Education, Stockholm University 

Other activities

  • Since Sept. 2018: Lithuanian Language Expert at The Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Sept. 2016 – Aug. 2017: Member of the Steering Committee for the Lithuanian Heritage School Saulė (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Sept. 2015 – Dec. 2016: Vice President of the PhD-Council at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • 2013, 2014, 2015: Participant in the International Summer School in Linguistics Academia Grammaticorum Salensis (Salos, Lithuania)
  • 2007: Participant in the Summer Course in Norwegian Language and Culture (University of Bergen, Norway)



Research interests

  • Historical Baltic linguistics
  • Word formation
  • Nominal composition
  • Accentology and dialectology of Baltic languages
  • Early Baltic texts

Current research project


  • 2011: Awarded for M.A. thesis by the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences


Research projects


A selection from Stockholm University publication database

  • Nominal compounds with mobile stress in Lithuanian dialects

    2021. Kristina Bukelskyte-Cepele. Baltistica 56 (2), 221-243


    The article describes nominal compounds assigned to mobile accent paradigm 3 (AP3) that are found in Lithuanian dialects. In these compounds, the stress alternates between the last and the first syllables, and it is assumed that they were assigned to the mobile accent paradigm due to the spread of secondary mobility. It is suggested that in Lithuanian dialects secondary mobility may arise in compounds with initial stress and, as a result, accentual variants with fixed stress and mobile stress exist in the same dialectal areas without semantic restriction. Later examples of accentual neomobility are found in Lithuanian dialects as well. In terms of semantics, mobile compounds are mostly verbal governing compounds and determinative compounds, i.e., nouns, and there is only a small group of originally adjectival compounds, i.e., possessive compounds. Another finding of the study pertains to the formal criterion of compounds, i.e., the linking element; in East and South Aukštaitian, there is a tendency to use linking elements in mobile compounds, while in West Aukštaitian as well as Žemaitian, the largest portion of mobile compounds do not include linking elements. 

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  • Nominal Compounds in Old Latvian Texts in the 16th and 17th Centuries

    2017. Kristina Bukelskytė-Čepelė (et al.).

    Thesis (Doc)

    This thesis investigates the system of compounding attested in the earliest written Latvian texts of the 16th and 17th centuries. The philological analysis presented in this work is the first systematic attempt to extensively treat compounds in Old Latvian. The purpose of this thesis is to thoroughly describe the system of compounding of the earliest period of written Latvian. One of the main aims of the analysis provided in this work is to determine whether the Old Latvian compounds were distinguished in terms of their meaning and form. This is why another important aim of this study is to discern the most characteristic formal properties of each category of compounds in Old Latvian. This study also addresses the morphological variation of the components of compounds and seeks to explain why one finds different tendencies of compounding in the texts of this period.   

    Firstly, it is shown in this thesis that compounds in Old Latvian were clearly distinguished in terms of their meaning. The main semantic types of Old Latvian compounds, which were analyzed in this study, are the determinative compounds, the possessive compounds, the verbal governing compounds, and the copulative compounds. Secondly, it is argued that the aforementioned types of compounds were clearly differentiated in terms of the formal properties of their components. A large number of possessive compounds and verbal governing compounds had the compositional suffix -is (m.)/-e (f.). By contrast, only a handful of determinative compounds had this suffix. In view of the distribution of the suffix found in the Old Latvian compounds, it is suggested that the suffix was originally restricted to adjectival compounds. Furthermore, the different types of compounds in Old Latvian were also distinguished in terms of the first component. In the majority of cases, both the possessive compounds and the verbal governing compounds were coined without linking elements, while the determinative compounds had linking elements to a larger extent. Thirdly, it is proposed in this thesis that a part of linking elements used in the determinative compounds in Old Latvian originated from the original stem vowels of the first components. Thus, it is argued that stem compounds were still attested in the Old Latvian texts, although this Baltic model of coining compounds is no longer visible in Modern Latvian. Lastly, it is suggested that the tendencies of compounding found in the texts under discussion represent dialectal differences.

    Another contribution of this study is that the Old Latvian compounds are not treated in isolation, but analyzed in drawing parallels with compounds in the other Baltic languages, Lithuanian in particular. Hence, by analyzing common features and similarities between the compounding systems, the Old Latvian compounds are positioned within the context of the Baltic system of compounding.  

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  • Report from the Second Joint Conference on Baltic and Scandinavian Studies held at Yale University

    2014. Kristina Bukelskyte-Cepele, Jenny Larsson, Yoko Yamazaki. Baltu filoloģija 23 (1), 129-132


    This is a report of a joint conference of Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) and the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies (SASS) held at Yale University in 2014. The report features the papers/talks on Baltic linguistics, ranging from cultural aspects of the languages and lexicographic matters to linguistic aspects such as etymology and word formation.

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