Course code Valo2728
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
2 3 32 16 16 48
E-courses Valo2728: Latvian Dialectology
Course annotation The study course gives an insight into the regional peculiarities and diversities of dialects in the comparison with the standard Latvian; it teaches to systematize and analyse them; it explains the classification of dialects and their historical conditionality; it offers a possibility to exercise the phonetic writing and reading the text; it gives a chance to clarify different features of the language; it shows the way how to study the features of a local dialect and to understand different facts of a dialectical language.
Results 1. Students have acquired the regional peculiarities of language in Latvia, the dialectal divisions, the geographical location of subdialect.
2. Students have developed the skills to conduct research and describe the concrete subdialect; skills have been acquired for recognizing the facts of subdialects in speech and writing; the skill for reading of the phonetic recording and for the phonetic recording has been acquired.
3. The capability to collect, select, systematize and analyse information independently has been developed; the skill to work with sources has been acquired.
Course plan 1. Introductory questions. A subdialect and a dialect. The literary (standard) language 2L
2. The problems of the historic development of subdialects and dialects of the Latvian language. Classification. Boundaries of dialects 2L
3. The phonetic transcription to be used in phonetic recording 2S
4. The Middle dialect. Its main features and other linguistic phenomena. The analysis of texts 4L+4S
5. The Livonian dialect. Its main features and other linguistic phenomena. The analysis of texts 4L+4S
6. The High Latvian dialect, its main differences in phonetics and grammar as compared to the Low Latvian subdialects. The analysis of texts 4L+4S
7. The subdialects of the Latvian language nowadays 2S
Requirements for obtaining credit points Successful work in the lecture-room, independent study of the description of three subdialects of Latvia (5 %); attendance of seminars and lectures is compulsory.
Three tests have been written successfully (85 %).
A final examination (spoken and written) – 10 %.

Study programmes Baltic Philology