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The aim of the workshop is to strengthen and increase scientific interest concerning studies on the mutual influence of languages in a linguistically diverse but historically and culturally close area, i.e. northeastern Europe. Since ancient times, Baltic and Finnic languages have had contact with one another, however unfortunately there is still a lack of studies on the contacts between these languages which would allow us to clearly observe these mutual influences.

This topic is more interesting and important taking into account that deep and broad influences in languages have occurred – from common semantics up to grammatical structures, as is shown by the contacts of Proto-Baltic and Proto-Finnic languages, as well as the contacts of Livonian and Latvian. Studies on Baltic and Finnic language contacts are more significant for language contacts and linguistic typology, as the mutual influence is between languages which are not genetically related.

We welcome researchers that have dealt with cross-linguistic research on contact-induced changes and research on areal phenomena of Baltic and Finnic languages and presentations on their findings during this workshop.

Accepted papers


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Valts Ernštreits
Experiences in compiling Estonian-Latvian dictionary
Kerttu Kibbermann, Merle Madisson
Reduplication in Estonian, Latvian and Livonian
Birute Klaas-Lang, Milda Ona Dailidėnaitė
Latvian particle verbs
Gunta Kļava
Grammatical changes caused by contact between Livonian and Latvian languages
Santa Liepiņa
Darbības vārdu rekciju atšķirības igauņu un latviešu valodā
The differences of verb rections in Estonian and Latvian
Miina Norvik
The expression of future time reference in Livonian: the case of past participle constructions
Karl Pajusalu, Helle Metslang, Külli Habicht
Polar question markers in the Baltic region
Lembit Vaba
Vai Baltijas jūras somu baltismi ļauj skaidrāk saskatīt baltu *ei attīstības posmus?
Kas läänemeresoome keelte baltismid selgendavad balti *ei arenguetappe?
Ilze Zagorska
Expressing Latvian verb prefixes in Estonian
Miķelis Zeibārts
Lībiešu, igauņu un latviešu kopīgā leksika
The common vocabulary of Livonians, Estonians and Latvians


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