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Baltic Languages in Contact

  • 7.5 credits

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

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The course consists of a review of the Baltic languages in a historical perspective with special focus on language contact. The course analyzes language contact from both a general perspective and a specific linguistic perspective with focus on the languages that have been in contact with the Baltic languages in the historic past.

The course is given in English.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Instruction is in the form of letures and seminars.

    Learning outcomes

    Having completed the course the student has shown an ability to:

    • demonstrate profound, theoretical and specific knowledge about historical language contact, linguistic contact situations and different types of contact phenomena
    • demonstrate profound, theoretical and specific knowledge about how the Baltic languages have changed as a result of language contact, as well as how the Baltic languages have infuenced other languages
    • formulate a theoretical discussion on language contacts between the Baltic languages and other languages in historic time.


    The following methods of examination are used:

    1. a written essay of 10-15 pages
    2. an oral presentation of the essay in connection with a seminar

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


    Peteris Vanags

  • Course literature

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

    Assistant Professor Lilita Zalkalns,