Department of Baltic linguistics

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Phonology (Baltic languages and Lithuanian dialects)
  • Phonetics (Standard Lithuanian and Lithuanian dialects)
  • Morpho(no)logy (Baltic languages and dialects)
  • Etymology (Baltic languages and dialects)
  • Ethnolinguistics (Baltic dialects)
  • History of Baltic linguistics
  • Onomastics (Baltic languages and dialects)
  • History of written Lithuanian

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2012
Projects Supported by University Budget

  • Synchronic, Diachronic and Typological Investigations into the Lexical, Phonological and Grammatical systems of the Baltic Languages. Prof. B. Stundžia. 2010–2013.

Projects Supported by the Program of the Usage and Development of the State Language

  • Translation and Scholarly Edition of  Grammatik der Litauischen Sprache (1876) by  Friedrich Kurschat. B. Kabašinskaitė.

Projects Supported by the Research Council of Lithuania

  • Etymologies (Etymological data base of Lithuanian). D. Sinkevičiūtė.
  • Publication of volumes 45–47 of Baltistica, journal of Baltic linguistics. B. Stundžia.
  • Database of the Old Prussian heritage. V. Rinkevičius.
  • Preparation and Publishing of Linguist Pranas Skardžius' Biography, Bibliography and Index. E. Žilinskaitė, M. Šinkūnas.
  • Ferdinand de Saussure’s legacy of Baltic studies. B. Stundžia.
  • Publication of A. Girdenis book Skuodas Zone of Nothern Samogitians. Texts with commentaries. B. Jasiūnaitė.
  • International conference in Memory of Professor A. Girdenis: Problems of Phonology and Dialectology, B. Jasiūnaitė.
  • Publication of the translation of Friedrich Kurschat’s Grammatik der littauischen Sprache” (1876). B. Kabašinskaitė.
  • Translation and publication of Friedrich Kurschat’s “Laut und Tonlehre der littauischen Sprache (1849). B. Kabašinskaitė.

Department of Classical Philology

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Classical antiquity and its tradition
  • Christian literature and its interrelation with classical tradition, 1st–5th centuries
  • Latin and Greek Literature in Lithuania in the 16th–18th centuries

RESEACH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2012
Projects Supported by University Budget

  • Classical Antiquity and Its Tradition.  Doc. N. Juchnevičienė. 2010–2015.

Projects, Programmes, Issues Supported by the Lithuanian Research Council

  • Lithuanian Literature in the Context of the European Literature and Culture. 2011–2013.

Department of English Philology

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Cross-linguistic studies of English and Lithuanian
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Contrastive syntax and semantics (verb complementation, perception verbs, epistemic modality, semantics of locatives)
  • Text and discourse analysis, academic discourse
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Contrastive rhetoric: genre analysis
  • Phonetic and phonological aspects of English and Lithuanian
  • English language teaching (ELT)
  • Teaching English for specific purposes (ESP): academic English, English for professional purposes
  • Second language acquisition: learner language
  • Language testing
  • English language teacher education
  • History of the English language
  • Lexicography (terminology, ESP dictionaries)
  • Translation of professional texts
  • Literary translation
  • Language and literature: British, Irish, American, Canadian literature, stylistic analysis of literary texts
  • Literary traditions, their development and transformation in West European and American literatures
  • Investigation of literary trends, genres, thematic and problematic issues in West European and American literatures
  • Textual poetics and its relations to philosophical, aesthetical, sociological systems
  • Intertextuality
  • Culture studies: American civilisation, British history and society, Canadian culture, Irish identity

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2012
Projects Supported by the University Budget

  • Germanic and Romance Literary and Cultural Texts. Prof. R. Rudaitytė. 2010–2015.

The Department (in cooperation with the Departments of French and German Philology as well as the Scandinavian Study Centre) has been carrying out investigation of literary trends, genres and problems of poetics, the development of literary traditions, the relationship of literary texts with Philosophy, Aesthetics, Psychology, Sociology and other theoretical systems. Some of the academic staff have been continually doing research in the field of the history of Germanic literatures and literatures in Romance languages and publishing articles on the related issues.

  • Germanic, Romance and Baltic Language Studies. Prof. A. Usonienė. 2010–2017.

The linguists of the Department are carrying out the research in close collaboration with their colleagues of the Departments of German Philology, the Lithuanian Language and the Centre of Scandinavian Studies. The focus of the research is on the synchronic and diachronic analysis of language-specific features characteristic of the grammatical, lexical and semantic structure of the languages under study. The range of research methods used and theoretical approaches followed varies greatly: from purely descriptive to functional, from cognitive to socio-linguistic, from quantitative to qualitative analysis of authentic language data.

Other Projects

  • The expression of Evidentiality and Modality in English and other European Languages: Cross-linguistic perspectives: EUROEVIDMOD. (coord. Prof. Juana I. MARÍN ARRESE, Universidad Complutense de Madrid) Reference: FFI2011-23181. Prof. A. Usonienė. 2012–2014.

Department of Lithuanian Language

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Sinchronic and diachronic Lithuanian grammar
  • Phonetics and phonology (Standard Lithuanian and Lithuanian dialects)
  • Morphology, lexicology, building of words, lexicography, semanics and syntax, terminology (standard Lithuanian)
  • Rhetorics, stilistics, language of journalism, language of text (standard Lithuanian)
  • Speech culture, methodology of teaching Lithuanian, dialectology of the Lithuanian language
  • Typology of languages, general Linguistics, historical grammar of the Lithuanian language, history of written Lithuanian

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2012
Project Supported by University Budget

  • Germanic, Romance and Baltic Language Studies. Prof. A. Usonienė. 2010–2017.

The linguists of the Department (prof. V. Kardelis, doc. N. Linkevičienė, doc. A. Smetona, doc. I. Smetonienė) carry out this research in close collaboration with their colleagues of the Department of English Philology. The focus of the research is on the synchronic and diachronic analysis of language-specific features characteristic of the grammatical, lexical and semantic structure of the languages under study. The range of research methods used and theoretical approaches followed varies greatly: from purely descriptive to functional, from cognitive to socio-linguistic, from quantitative to qualitative analysis of authentic language data.

  • Synchronic, Diachronyc and Typological Investigations into Lexical, Phonological and Gramatical Systems of Baltic Languages and Dialects. Prof. B. Stundžia.

The main results of the year 2012 are as follows: two articles and a monograph on stylistics and rhetorics were printed by prof. R. Koženiauskienė.

Projects, Supported by the State Commision of the Lithuanian Language

  • Teaching of Lithuanian for Students Majoring in Other Fields. Doc. N. Linkevičienė. 2006–2015.
  • Preparation of an Academic Publication Lexicon and Grammar of Kristijonas Gotlybas Milkus  (1800). V. Zubaitienė.  2011–2013.
  • Research work Peripheries of Subdialects of East Aukshtaitian: vilnishkiai and Utenishkiai.Prof. V. Kardelis. 2011–2013.

Projects Supported by the Lithuanian Research Council

  • The Digital Database of Material of Subdialect of East Aukshtaitian-vilnishkiai: Language, Ethnography, Culture. Prof. V. Kardelis. 2010–2012.
  • Publication of F. W. Haack’s Vocabulary and Grammar. V. Zubaitienė. 2011–2012.
  • Sociolinguistic Maps of Towns and Small Towns. Prof. M. Ramonienė (member of project-R. Kliukienė).

Project Supported by the Social Fund of Europe

  • The Digital Database of Study Sources on Lithuanian Language, Literature (Culture) and History for Teachers and Learners. Prof. V. Kardelis. 2011–2013.

Department of Lithuanian Studies

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Research of the real use of spoken and written Standard Lithuanian and other languages
  • Codes in the sociocultural context
  • Basic structure of Spoken Lithuanian
  • Language in society, language attitudes
  • Language policy
  • Bilingualism and multilingualism in Lithuania
  • Language learning, teaching and testing
  • Communicative and sociocultural competence in teaching Lithuanian as a second language
  • Structure of the discourse

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2012
Projects Supported by University Budget

  • Language Usage, Language Learning and Teaching. Prof. Dr. M. Ramonienė. 2006–2016.
  • Participants: L. Vilkienė, J.  Pribušauskaitė, V.  Stumbrienė, R. Bingelienė, E. Kutanovienė, R. Migauskienė, E. Petrašiūnienė, A.Tamošaitienė, A.Valančiauskienė, L. Vaškevičienė.
  • Analysis of language usage, language attitudes, language learning (differences between L1 and L2), teaching and language policy was carried out. The following areas were examined: socially significant changes in the use of Lithuanian, Russian, Polish and local vernaculars, evolving levels of multilingualism and local language in cities and towns of Lithuania. Survey of language behaviour and language attitudes in Lithuanian cities and towns was carried out as well as the analysis of communicative and sociocultural competence in use of Lithuanian. On the basis of this research new teaching materials and guidelines for teaching and learning Lithuanian as a second language are being prepared. Papers and conference presentations for both national and international conferences were prepared.

Projects Supported by the Research Council of Lithuania

  • Sociolinguistic Map of Lithuania: Cities and Towns. Prof.Dr. M. Ramonienė. 2010–2012.
  • Development and Analysis of Lithuanian State Language Tests. Supported by the Lithuanian State Language Department. Participants: V. Stumbrienė, E. Kutanovienė, E. Petrašiūnienė, J. Pribušauskaitė, Dr. L. Vilkienė.

Projects supported by the State Commision of the Lithuanian Language

  • Emigrant Language. Prof. Dr. M. Ramonienė. 2011–2013.

Department of Lithuanian Literature

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Development of modern Lithuanian literature
  • Cultural and confessional identity and literature
  • Phenomenological interpretation of literature
  • Methodology of literary studies
  • Literary tale
  • Comparative folklore studies
  • Comparative literature studies
  • Theology of literature

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2012
Projects Supported by University Budget

  • Lithuanian Literature and Studies of Culture: Prof. Dr. D. Pociūtė-Abukevičienė. 2007–2012.

Department of French Philology

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Cross-linguistic studies of French and Lithuanian
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Contrastive syntax and semantics (verb complementation, perception verbs, epistemic modality, semantics of locatives)
  • Text and discourse analysis, academic discourse
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Phonetic and phonological aspects of French and Lithuanian
  • Aspects of Francophonie
  • French language teaching
  • Teaching French for specific purposes (FSP): academic French, French for professional purposes
  • Second language acquisition: learner language
  • Language testing
  • French language teacher education
  • History of the French language
  • Lexicography (terminology, FSP dictionaries)
  • Translation of professional texts
  • Language and literature: Romanic literatures, research, stylistic analysis of literary texts
  • Literary traditions, their development and transformation in French and Francophone literatures
  • Investigation of literary trends, genres, thematic and problematic issues in French and Francophone literatures
  • Textual poetics and its relations to philosophical, aesthetical, sociological systems
  • Terminology of literary criticism
  • Theory of the text
  • Intertextuality

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2012
Projects Supported by University Budget

  • Germanic, Romanic Literary and Cultural Texts. Prof. R. Rudaitytė. 2010–2015.

The departement has been carrying investigation of literary trends, genres and problems of poetics, the development of literary traditions, the relationship of literary texts with philosophy, aesthetics, psychology, sociology and other theoretical systems. The academic staff has been continually doing research in the field of the history of French and Francophone literatures and publishing articles on the related issues.

Department of German Philology

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Contrastive linguistics of German and Lithuanian
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Genre analysis, academic discourse
  • Language for specific purposes
  • Research of grammatical, semantic and stylistics particularities of German and Lithuanian and their integration into the teaching process and lexicographic practice
  • History of the German language
  • Research of German literature

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2012
Projects Supported by University Budget

  • Investigations of Germanic, Romance and Lithuanian Languages. Prof. A. Usonienė. 2010–2017.

The German Department participates in this project together with other departments dealing with Germanic Languages. Research in this project ranges from theoretical linguistics to applied linguistics; many investigators use a contrastive approach (between German and Lithuanian) or focus solely on the German language. In 2012, the members of the Department of German Philology prepared and published five articles. The German publisher Tectum in Marburg issued the doctoral dissertation of D. Katinas Zur Position und Methodik der kontrastiven Lexikologie. Eine Untersuchung am Beispiel des lexikalischen Feldes “Relief” im Litauischen und im Deutschen. The members of the Department delivered eleven presentations at national and international conferences in Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Norway.

  • Germanic, Romanic Literary and Cultural Texts. Prof. R. Rudaitytė. 2010–2015.

The Department (in cooperation with the Departments of French and English Philology) has been carrying out investigation of literary trends, genres and problems of poetics, the development of literary traditions, the relationship of literary texts with Philosophy, Aesthetics, Psychology, Sociology and other theoretical systems. Prof. J. Bajarūnienė published an article within the framework of project.

Projects

  • KoGloss. Collaborative Gossaries of Collocations in Oreign Language Learning: German, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian. Participants: V. Žeimantienė, D. Katinas, E. Kontutytė, V. Masiulionytė, L. Plaušinaitytė, S. Volungevičienė. The project is supported by the European Commission. (www.kogloss.eu, Project-Nr. 511437-LLP-1- 2010-1-DE-KA2-KA2MP). 2011–2012.

The project devises tests and documents as language teaching method. The method puts into practice the didactical concept of interactive teaching, with the goal of learning through teaching. This enables learners from higher educational establishments and further vocational training to analyse authentic text material using professional language software, to structure the results by working together and in response to requirements, and to make these results accessible to other learners and vocational users.

Polish Studies Center

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Polish linguistics and literature: past and present
  • History of interaction of Polish and Lithuanian literatures and cultures
  • Styles, genres and methods of interpretation of Polish literature
  • Textual poetics and its relations to philosophical, aesthetical, sociological systems
  • The Polish language in Lithuania: past and present
  • History of written Polish
  • Polish manuscript tradition of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
  • Polish language (as a native and as a foreign language) teaching and learning
  • Bilingualism and multilingualism in Lithuania
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Ethno-linguistics
  • Etymology
  • Lexicography
  • Translation of professional texts

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2012
Projects Supported by University Budget

  • Functioning of Polish Literature in Lithuania. Prof. A. Kalėda. 2005–2012.

The research aims at indicating the peculiarities of Polish literature in Lithuania, analysing its relationship with other literatures, especially with Lithuanian. The subject of research was chosen as problems of literary process (18th c. periodical issues in Lithuania, 18th c. Grand Duchy of Lithuania sermon; bilingual literature of 19th c. in Lithuania, studies of Polish literature at Vilnius University in 1918–1939). Creative work of Polish writers having close connections with Lithuania (Cz. Jankowski, Cz. Miłosz, J. Mackiewicz) was also investigated. The results were announced in papers and reports. Representatives of the Centre of Polish Studies took part in the International Book Fair. A series of lectures about the poet Czesław Miłosz was prepared and translated into Lituanian; several works of Cz. Miłosz were published. Several events devoted Cz. Miłosz were organized at the University. Representatives of the Centre took part in several conferences devoted Cz. Miłosz, several articles about Cz. Miłosz were written.

  • Projects Jan Karlowicz as a Propagator of the Scientific and Cultural Life of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century (Head - doc. Miroslav Davlevic) and Digitization and Creation of Database of the GDL Court Books stored in VUB,” Project No 266331 (VU Library, project manager M. Prokopčik) were carried out. International seminar Known and Unknown Contextst of J. I. Kraszewski’s Writing” was organized.
  • Problems of the Polish Language, Culture, History and Ethno-linguistics in Lithuania. Doc. M. Davlevič, Doc. V. Ušinskienė. 2005–2012.

Historical and sociolinguistic exploring of Polish dialects in Lithuania is continued in cooperation with Warsaw University. The results were announced in papers and reports. There is some research conducted in the contemporary Polish language: lexicological, etymological, source materials, the language of children, the language of the intelligensia, students’ slang, Polish media’s language in Lithuania, vocabulary of the scope of politics used by Polish people of Vilnius district. Great contribution in preparing the Great Lithuanian-Polish Dictionary and creating mutlimedia textbooks for foreigners was made by the staff. New issue of the journal Slavistica Vilnensis 56 (2) was published (with the Department of Russian Philology). Seminar Culture of Polish Language and Norms was organized. Visiting professor Dr. Halina Karaś (Warsaw University). A scientific conference of Polish Studies Centre’s students and Polonistic days were organized.

  • International Science Programmes and Projects

Centre of Polish Studies was a project partner in: Sociolinguistic map of Lithuania: towns and cities. Great Lithuanian-Polish and Polish-Lithuanian Dictionaries are in preparation (with the Institute of the Lithuanian Language).

Department of Russian Philology

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • History of interaction of Russian and Lithuanian literature
  • Interface of Lithuanian, Russian and other Slavonic literatures and cultures
  • Styles, genres and methods of interpretation of Russian literature
  • Russian literary history of the 20th century
  • Russian language in Lithuania
  • Cognitive linguistics and discourse analysis of different texts
  • Russian language (as a native and as a foreign language) teaching and learning, concepts of Russian language coursebooks
  • Lithuanian-Slavonic (Russian) contrastive linguistics
  • Slavonic literary tradition of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2012
Projects Supported by University Budget

  • Russian and other Slavonic Languages, Literatures, Cultural Research: the History and Now. Doc. P. Lavrinec. 2010–2015.  

Russian-Lithuanian, Lithuanian-Slavonic literary and cultural studies, archive studies of literature and culture of interwar Lithuania, detailed studies of the Russian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries and methods of interpretation of Russian literature continued.
The goal was to research the special features of functioning and development of the Russian language in Lithuania, to use the results of the study for lingua-didactics to analyze cognitive dimensions of Russian discourse; texts analysis. The articles are written and the course-book is prepared.

Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies

A. J. Greimas Centre for Semiotics and Literary Theory

Centre of Scandinavian Studies

Digital Philology Centre