This course provides an introduction into Lithuanian, the Baltic language of the Republic of Lithuania. Lithuanian is the only living language playing a major role in the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European. It possesses a numer of archaic traits, particularly as regards its phonology, nominal morphology and syntax. Learning to speak Lithunian, one can slowly start to imagine how it would have been to speak Latin or Sanskrit. The course gives a survey of the whole phonology and morphology, and an introduction is given to the historical phonology and morphology. We will also read and translate a number of selected texts.
- Insight into the linguistic structure of Lithuanian
• Elementary reading proficiency
• Embedding Lithuanian within the larger framework of Indo-European
Time and date on which the course is offered or a link to the website.
Mode of instruction
2-hour weekly seminar
Written exams (one after 8 weeks, one at the end of the course). MA students will in addition have to write a paper on an aspect of synchronic or diachronic Lithuanian linguistics.
Lithuanian, Beginner’s by Leonardas Dambriunas, Antanas Klimas, and William R. Schmalstieg. The book is out of print. A pdf will be made available.
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