Course code Valo1640
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
4 6 64 48 16 96
E-courses Valo1640: Introduction to Baltic Linguistics
Course annotation The course provides an insight into the history of the Baltic peoples and languages. It identifies the place of the Baltic languages in the family of other kindred languages and those of their neighbours, and their interrelation. The course informs about the places of residence of the Baltic peoples, the survivals of the tribal languages and later dialects that emerged on the basis of these languages, written monuments and the most prominent researchers in the field of Baltic linguistics.
Results 1. Students have obtained knowledge of the past of the Baltic peoples and languages, they have acquired the key issues of the ethnic history of the Balts. The former and the present places of residence of the Balts, the correlation between the languages of the Balts as well as their connection with other kindred languages and those of the neighbours have been studied. The continuation of the tribal languages nowadays has been traced; the most prominent researchers and the most important publications in the field of the Baltic linguistics have been discussed.
2. The scientific terminology used in the course has been acquired and the most important scientific approaches to the ethnic origins of the Balts have been analysed. Preconditions for taking other courses on the Baltistics have been created.
3. Analytic thinking skills have been developed and the skills required to perform analysis and synthesis have been perfected.
Course plan 1.Introductory questions. Philology and its branches. The object and the tasks of the course. The literature to be used. 2L
2.The Balts and the former places of residence of the Balts, information on the Balts4L+2S
3.The Western Balts. Yatvings and other tribes. Prussians and their language. The analysis of the Prussian texts.6L+2S
4.The Eastern Balts. Couronians and Kursenieki. Semigallians. Selonians. Latvians or Letgalls. Information on Lithuanians, Samogitians, Aukstaitians. 10L+4S
5.The place of the Baltic languages among other kindred languages and those of the neighbours. The languages of the Eastern Balts. The Lithuanian language and researches on it. 12L+4S
6.The Latvian language and its written monuments. Researchers and their research into the Latvian language.
12L+4S
7.Researchers and their research into the Latvian language and its subdialects nowadays. ”The Atlas of the Dialects of the Latvian Language”.2L
Requirements for obtaining credit points Not less than 90 % of the lectures attended, attendance at seminars is compulsory.
3 written tests (60 %).
An independently written research paper (20 %).
Literature studies and successful performance at the seminars (10 %).
The final combined examination (10 %).
At the final examination the marks got for the tests and the research paper as well as student’s participation at the seminars are taken into account, forming a preliminary total assessment that is to be defended at the examination. The combined (oral/written) examination covering the above given parts of the course is taken by the students who have written all the tests successfully, who have written the research paper, who have actively participated at the seminars. The examination on the material of the whole course is taken by those students who have met the demands of the course partially and have failed some of the above mentioned parts.
Study programmes Baltic Philology