Course code Valo3448
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 Valo3448: Latvian Toponymy
Course annotation The course acquaints the students with one of the branches of onomastics, clarifies the contiguity of toponymy with linguistics, geography and history. It acquaints the students with the history of the place names of Latvia and their changes, the problems of their recording and investigation, the principles of standardization, the most important studies of the place names and publications. It introduces students to collecting and describing place names.


Results 1. The students have gained an understanding of toponymy as an interdisciplinary branch of science and of the importance of place names in research and for practical purposes.
2. The students have gained an understanding of conducting research of concrete place names , collecting and describing toponyms; they have acquired the skills of recognizing subdialect forms in place names and reading phonetic recordings.

3. The students have developed the capability to collect, select, systematize and analyse information independentlyas well as the skill to work with sources.
Course plan 1. Toponymy as a part of onomastics. The beginning of place name research. 2L
2. Collection and research of place names in Latvia in the first half of the 20th century. 2L+2S
3. The description of the place names of Stende and Lejasciems. 2L+2S
4. The sequel of the publication “Place Names of the Latvian SSR”. 2L
5. The work of V. Dambe in toponymy. The place names of Latvia and the names of their residents. The names of homes in different regions of Latvia. 4L+2S
6. The names of the unpopulated places. The traces of subdialects and language contacts in place names of Latvia. 4L+2S

7. Students’ field collections. 8S
Requirements for obtaining credit points Successful work in the lecture-room, a test on toponymy issues has been written successfully (20%);
attendance of seminars and lectures is compulsory.
An independent paper on toponymy has been written and defended successfully (70%).

A final examination (written and spoken) – (10%).
Study programmes Baltic Philology