Contemporary Approaches to Baltic Linguistics

Contemporary Approaches to Baltic Linguistics. De Gruyter, 2015. 554 p.

This book is a collection of articles dealing with various aspects of the Baltic languages (Lithuanian, Latvian and Latgalian), which have only marginally featured in the discourse of theoretical linguistics and linguistic typology. The aim of the book is to bridge the gap between the study of the Baltic languages, on the one hand, and the current agenda of the theoretical and typological approaches to language, on the other. The book comprises 13 articles dealing with various aspects of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexicon, and their interactions, plus a lengthy introduction, whose aim is to outline the state of the art in the research on the Baltic languages. The contributions are data-driven, being based on field-work, corpus research, and data published in the sources not accessible to the general linguistic audience. On the other hand, all contributions are informed in the relevant contemporary linguistic theories and in the advances of linguistic typology. Some of the contributions aim at a more detailed, accurate and theoretically informed description of the data, others look at the Baltic material from a more theoretical point of view, still others assume an areal-typological or contact perspective.

Edited by P. Arkadiev, A. Holvoet, B. Wiemer

Contents

Contributors

Peter Arkadiev, Axel Holvoet and Björn Wiemer. Introduction: Baltic linguistics – State of the art

Hans Henrich Hock. Prosodyand dialectology of tonal shifts in Lithuanian and their implications

Anna Daugavet. The lengthening ofthe first component of Lithuanian diphthongs in an areal perspective

Ineta Dabašinskienė and Maria Voeikova. Diminutivesin spoken Lithuanian and Russian: Pragmatic functions and structural properties

Daiki Horiguchi. Latvian attenuative pa-verbs in comparison with diminutives

Cori Anderson. Non-canonical case patterns in Lithuanian

Axel Holvoet. Non-canonical subjects in Latvian: An obliqueness-based approach

Ilja A. Seržant. Dative experiencer constructions as a Circum-Baltic isogloss

Nijolė Maskaliūnienė. Morphological, syntactic, and semantic types of converse verbs in Lithuanian

Eiko Sakurai. Past habitual tense in Lithuanian

Aurelija Usonienė. Non-morphological realizations of evidentiality: The case of parenthetical elements in Lithuanian

Kirill Kozhanov. Lithuanian indefinite pronouns in contact

Bernhard Wälchli. Ištiktukai“eventives” – The Baltic precursors of ideophones and why they remain unknown in typology

Andrii Danylenko. The chicken or the egg? Onomatopoeic particles and verbs in Baltic and Slavic

Index of languages

Index of subjects