Learning outcomes of the course unit
The main purpose of the course is to provide the students with a basic knowledge of this language, which could be of particular use to those interested to a studying period in Lithuania within the framework of the European Union programmes. During the description of the morphological and syntactic aspects, the archaic features of the Lithuanian language, which is the most conservative modern Indo-European language and in many aspects similar to Latin, will be stressed.
The course does not require the knowledge of Lithuanian language.
Course contents summary
The Course is divided in two parts. The first part (about 20 hours), introduces the system of modern Lithuanian language: phonology (with pronunciation exercises), relation with writing, morphology and basic elements of syntax.
The second part (about 10 hours) will focus on reading and the linguistic comment of several easy texts in Lithuanian and some basic exercises of conversation in Lithuanian.
Birutė Žindžiūtė Michelini, "Grammatica della lingua lituana", Versus Aureus, 2007
The topics of the course are presented in 15 lessons lasting two hours each. At the end of each lesson the lecturer will arrange a consulting hour in his office in order to give the students the chance to receive explanations about the topics discussed during the lessons and the readings to prepare for the exam.
Assessment methods and criteria
The examination will consist in a single exam at the end of the course. The exam is oral and it regards the reading and linguistic comment of a text analyzed during the lessons. Basing on that, some more specific questions on Lithuanian grammar will follow.
The student’s knowledge about the subject and his/her conversational and reasoning skills will be assessed.