Corpus competence for formulaic language

  • Head: prof. dr. Heike Zinsmeister (University of Hamburg), coordinators of the University part of the project: assoc. prof. Skaistė Volungevičienė, assoc. prof. Vaiva Žeimantienė
  • Project duration: 2022-01-27 – 2024-12-31
  • Project budget: 134 000 EUR
  • Project partner: University of Hamburg (Germany)

The project “Corpus competence for formulaic language” (Korpusdidaktik für formelhafte (Fach)Sprache (KoDi-FS)is based on the cooperation between the Departments of Germanic Studies of Hamburg and Vilnius Universities. The project leader is prof. dr. Heike Zinsmeister (University of Hamburg). The project involves researchers and PhD students from the Department of German Philology at Vilnius University, and is based on new technologies and digital methods used in humanities research. The project includes faculty exchanges, internships, fellowships, workshops and joint publications. Lecturers and students will be able to acquire the skills they need to work in a digital environment in the modern world. Corpora will be used more widely in German and Lithuanian research, language learning and literature studies. The project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD).


Problem-oriented Soft CLIL approach for LOTE

  • Head: dr Daumantas Katinas
  • Project duration: September 2018–August 2021
  • Erasmus+ KA2 project, Agreement Nr. 2018-1-SK01-KA201-046316
  • Project budget: 329,647 EUR


The project “Problem-oriented Soft CLIL Approach for LOTE” includes topical elements, rarely combined in grammar schools in spite of their importance from the social dimension perspective. The concept features effective innovative didactic approaches (Soft CLIL and problem-oriented learning) and cross-curricular topics (Sustainable tourism – hereinafter referred to as ST) and Financial Literacy and Real Mathematics – hereinafter referred to as FLRM).

These elements are combined within the project with the objective of teaching grammar school students from four different project countries topic-oriented skills and knowledge, rarely or not treated in grammar school curricula at all, by means of the aforementioned didactic approaches. ST and FLRM represent two fields, which can motivate students towards engaging in specific activities and vocations. Both are considered as highly current topics that can only be taught successfully within the existing education system through appropriate interdisciplinary approaches. Hence, in the frame of the project, we combine them with the respective Soft CLIL and problem-oriented learning approaches. The concept is applicable across disciplines and represents an innovation. Since both EU and various other countries lack Soft CLIL teaching combined with problem-oriented learning materials, our project aspires to bridge this gap to a certain extent. The focus of the project is oriented towards two non-English foreign languages (German, Russian), which a relatively strong position in the fields of economy and culture in the project countries.

The project team consists of representatives from three universities (Univerzita sv. Cyrila a Metoda v Trnave, Slovakia, as the project coordinator as well as Vilniaus universitetas, Lithuania, and Univerza v Maribor, Slovenia as project partners) and 6 grammar schools (Vilniaus Gabijos gimnazija and Vilniaus jėzuitų gimnazija from Lithuania, Gymnázium Janka Matúšku v Galante and Gymnázium Ivana Kupca v Hlohovci from Slovakia, Sir Karl Poper Schule/Wiedner Gymnasium from Vienna, Austria, and Gimnazija Franca Miklošiča from Ljutomer, Slovenia). All project partners have a lot of experience with Erasmus + projects and the project-related topics, with regard to both research and practical implementation.

Academia Salensis Quinta Decima

Head: prof dr Axel Holvoet
Project duration: February 2018–December 2018
Project budget: 5,999 EUR

The aim of the project is to organize a linguistic summer school at Salos Manor, Rokiškis district, between July 29 and August 4, 2018, aiming at informing the scholarly community about current research being carried out on Lithuanian and the Baltic languages, about resources available to scholars investigating the history of the Baltic languages, and about the possibilities which the cognitive sciences, especially formal semantics, open for research into Lithuanian and the Baltic languages.

Samuel Boguslaus Chylinski’s New Testament. Research of the Manuscript. Facsimile and interactive digital Edition

  • Head: dr. Gina Kavaliūnaitė-Holvoet
  • Project duration: 2016–2018
  • Project budget: 128,930 EUR

The project has two main goals:

  • To investigate Chylinski’s manuscript translation of the New Testament, to prepare for publication and to publish the book “The Chylinski Bible. The New Testament. Facsimile Edition”, as part of the series “The Bible of Samuel Boguslaus Chylinski”. The book will consist of an introductory study “Chylinski’s manuscript translation of the New Testament”, and facsimiles of the Lithuanian text of the NT.
  • To create an internet text database containing an interactive text of Chylinski’s New Testament, enabling the user to choose between earlier or later text versions, to obtain lists of morphological, lexical and syntactic corrections, to acces lists word forms arranged in original or inverse order, or on the basis of frequency, as well as to generate a concordance. The program will be structured so as to enable its expansion in the future, providing for additional functionality, such as grammatical tagging and links to places in the translation source.

The Baltic Verb: Grams, Categories and Domains

  • Head of research team: prof dr Axel Holvoet
  • Project duration: January 2018–December 2021
  • Project budget: 599,270 EUR

This is a four-year research project funded under measure 09.3.3-LMT-K-712 ‘Development of Scientific Competences of Scientists, other Researchers and Students through Practical Research Activities’ (Funding instrument – European Social Fund) and implemented by the Institute for the Languages and Cultures of the Baltic at Vilnius University. The head of the research team is Axel Holvoet, who also headed the previous research project Valency, Argument Realization and Grammatical Relations in Baltic (VARGReB, 2012-2016). He is assisted by four institute colleagues: Birutė Spraunienė, Vaiva Žeimantienė, Asta Žuklytė, and Gina Holvoet; and six researchers from abroad: Peter Arkadiev (Moscow), Paweł Brudzyński (Warsaw), Anna Daugavet (St Petersburg), Kirill Kozhanov (Moscow), Liina Lindström (Tartu), and Nicole Nau (Poznań), are joining the team at Vilnius University for this collective research effort.

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