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Baltic Linguistics - Latvian

The course is directed towards those who are interested in Baltic linguistics, for example teachers, librarians, cultural workers and researchers in other subject areas.

The course consists of an introduction to the history, grammar and phonetics of the Baltic languages. In addition, an overview of the development of the Baltic written languages and their internal relationships is presented.

  • Course structure

    The course consists of an obligatory, general part and an elective part, where the student chooses a specific topic within Latvian linguistics in cooperation with the examiner.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is in the form of lectures and seminars.

    The language of instruction is English.

    Instruction is either as distance learning or on campus, according to how the course event is defined.

    Course requirement: participation in discussions and seminars via Skype, Zoom, the university education platform or other web-based service. A time limit for submitting written assignments are obligatory aspects of the course. The completion of the obligatory aspects are a requirement in order for the student to participate in the following examination.

    Learning outcomes

    In order to pass the course the student shall have the ability to:

    • account for the history of the Baltic languages
    • account for the phonetics and orthography of the Baltic languages
    • account for the grammar of the Baltic languages, specifically for the Latvian language
    • account for the development of Latvian written language

    Grading criteria (in Swedish)

    Betygskriterier och betygssättning för kursen Baltisk språkvetenskap - lettisk (295 Kb)



    Examination takes place through submitted assignments and participation in discussions and seminars. Continual examination takes place through written assignments submitted in connection with each respective seminar.

    The principles for weighting the examination assignments are explained in the grading criteria.


    Examiners for all courses in Baltic studies HT2022 (236 Kb)

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.


    1. Pietro U. Dini: Foundations of Baltic Languages. Vilnius 2014. (Selected chapters - available on Athena)
    2. Peteris Vanags: An Outline of the History of the Latvian Languages. (Available on Athena)
    3. Materials handed out in class
    4. Articles and works chosen in cooperation between the examiner and the student.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    If you have any questions concerning the course, please contact Lilita Zalkalns (