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Lithuanian (BA)


Admission requirements

Students who have not followed the course Language and culture of the Indo-Europeans are advised to purchase and study the reader of that course.


An introduction to the Lithuanian language and its history. Lithuanian, a Baltic language, is the only living language that plays a significant role in the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European. It has many archaic charateristics, especially in its phonology, nominal morphology and syntax. The first half of the course provides a brief introduction to the synchronic phonology and morphology of Lithuanian, which will be illustrated by weekly exercises. During the second half of the course the emphasis is on the history of Lithuanian. We will study its written history and the major phonological and morphological changes that Lithuanian has undergone in its (pre)history.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of and insight in the structure of the Lithuanian language and its history;

  • Elementary Lithuanian reading skills;

  • Embedding Lithuanian within a wider Indo-European framework.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Lecture and seminar

Assessment method

Written examinations with open questions, half-term (40%) and final examination (60%). If the weighted average is insufficient, there is a resit for both examinations at the end of the course.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Will be distributed through Brightspace.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website

Registration Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs


For questions related to the content of the course, please contact the lecturer, you can find their contact information by clicking on their name in the sidebar.

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This course is open to students from the BA Linguistics only.