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Baltic Linguistics

The aim of the course is to provide in-depth theoretical and specific knowledge about the structure and historical development of the Baltic languages, their grammar, sound history and phonology.

The course consists of a detailed review of the history, grammar and phonology of the Baltic languages, as well as an in-depth analysis of certain aspects of the sound history, grammar and historical development of the Baltic languages.

  • Course structure

    Instruction is in the form of lectures and seminars.

    The language of instruction is English.

    Instruction is either web-based/online or on campus, according to how the course event is defined.

    Learning outcomes:

    In order to pass the course, the student should be able to:

    • demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge and specific knowledge about the structure and historical development of the Baltic languages
    • demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge and specific knowledge about the grammar of the Baltic languages
    • demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge and specific knowledge about the phonological history and the phonology of the Baltic languages
    • conduct a theoretical discussion about the phonological history, grammar and historical development of the Baltic languages.

    Teaching format

    Mandatory course elements: participation in discussions and seminars on campus or via the university education platform or other web-based service. Assignment submission deadlines are mandatory elements of the course. The completion of the mandatory course elements are required for students to be eligible to participate in subsequent examinations.

     

    Grading criteria and grading (in Swedish)

    Betygskriterier och betygssättning (297 Kb)

    Assessment

    Examination takes place through submitted assignments and participation in seminars. Continuous examination takes place through written assignments submitted in connection with each seminar. The principles for weighting individual course assignments are described in the grading criteria.


    Examination takes place in English.

    Examiner

    Examinatorer VT2022 (238 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.

    • Pietro U. Dini: Foundations of Baltic Languages, Vilnius, 2014 (Available on Athena)
    • Terje Mathiassen: A short grammar of Lithuanian, Slavic Publishers, 1996
    • Terje Mathiassen: A short grammar of Latvian, Slavic Publishers, 1997
    • Terje Mathiassen: Tense, mood and aspect in Lithuanian and Latvian, Univ i Oslo, 1996
    • William Schmalstieg: Baltic Linguistics, Pennsylvania State, 1970
    • William Schmalstieg: A Lithuanian historical syntax, Slavica Publishers, 1988
    • Zigmas Zinkevicius: The History of the Lithuanian Language. Vilnius, 1996
    • Additional materials distributed in class.
    • Elective: A number of articles/books chosen by the student in cooperation with the examiner
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Director of studies Lilita Zalkalns (lilita.zalkalns@balt.su.se)