General information about the journal

Linguistica Lettica is a scientific journal published annually by the Latvian Language Institute of the University of Latvia, or UL (Latvia). The journal has been published in print since 1997. All electronic versions of Linguistica Lettica issues are available on the website of the Latvian Language Institute and in the repository of UL e-resources.

The journal focuses on Baltic linguistics with a strong emphasis on the comprehensive study of the Latvian language, its contact with other languages in Latvia and around the world, and other languages spoken in Latvia. However, experts from other disciplines are also invited to submit disciplinary and interdisciplinary papers on topical language issues, research theories, and methodologies.
In 2021, the editorial board of Linguistica Lettica began a new tradition of thematizing each issue of the journal around certain topic, theory, or method; each such theme can be viewed from both a disciplinary (linguistics) and interdisciplinary point of view, thus expanding our understanding of certain things and developing new scientific perspectives in Latvia. The description of each issue’s theme is announced in advance here, on the website of the Latvian Language Institute, during the annual Jānis Endzelīns commemoratory conference in Riga (Latvia), alongside a public call for submitting journal papers.
The aims in choosing each issue’s theme are: (1) to help authors look at their research topics from a different perspective, (2) to encourage researchers to search for and test new theoretical and methodological frameworks, and (3) to create a conceptually unified journal, helping readers navigate its range of scientific papers.

Originality and language 
Linguistica Lettica publishes original, previously unpublished papers and reviews of current topics in Baltic linguistics by renowned experts and young researchers in Latvian, Lithuanian, English, German, and Russian. 

Editorial board and reviewers
Linguistica Lettica has an international editorial board consisting of linguistics experts from Latvia, Australia, Estonia, Finland, and Switzerland. In addition, foreign specialists are invited as anonymous reviewers, who evaluate the scientific quality and relevance of the submitted papers. 

Publishing and re-publishing policy 
Papers are published free of charge in Linguistica Lettica after receiving positive reviews. Each issue of the journal is published open-access, in print and electronic form. The copyright of the papers published in the journal belongs to the authors and the Latvian Language Institute. Reference is mandatory when quoting or republishing. 

ISSN 1407-1932

The deadline for the submission of scientific papers: May 22, 2022.

Address of the Editorial Board: Kalpaka bulvāris 4, Rīga, LV-1050
Phone (+371) 67034016

Solvita BURR, Latvia/USA, University of Latvia / University of Washington
Irēna Ilga JANSONE, Latvia, University of Latvia

Editor assistant
Kristīne MEŽAPUĶE, Latvia, University of Latvia

Editorial Board
Алексей АНДРОНОВ, Russia, Saint Petersburg State University
Laimute BALODE, Latvia/Finland, University of Latvia / University of Finland
Ina DRUVIETE, Latvia, University of Latvia
Trevor Garth FENNELL, Australia, Flinders University
Juris GRIGORJEVS, Latvia, University of Latvia
Daiva SINKEVIČIŪTĖ-VILLANUEVA-SVENSSON, Lithuania, Vilnius University
Sanda RAPA, Latvia, University of Latvia
Anna STAFECKA, Latvia, University of Latvia
Agris TIMUŠKA, Latvia, University of Latvia
Lembit VABA, Estonia, Institute of the Estonian Language
Bernhard WÄLCHLI, Sweden, Stockholm University
Andrejs VEISBERGS, Latvia, University of Latvia

The richness of a language lies in its diversity 

The editorial board of the scientific journal “Linguistica Lettica” invites academics and researchers to submit their publications on regional varieties of languages, in which the chosen topic is discussed in a disciplinary or interdisciplinary manner. 

The formation, development, and change of dialects, as well as the issues concerning the acquisition and preservation of language material, the mapping and the development of atlases, and atlases’ linguistic significance and cultural value, have been the focus of linguists for many decades. During this time, dialectology and geolinguistics have evolved and new research methods for regional varieties have been developed; it is now possible to digitize language material and to create various corpora. Today, the legal status of and language policy regarding language varieties and regional languages have become chief points of interest. 

We invite articles about regional language varieties in which: 

  • synchronous, diachronic, ethnolinguistic, sociolinguistic, and philosophical aspects/topics are considered 
  • the influence of intralinguistic and extralinguistic factors on the development of dialects and regional varieties is assessed 
  • the status and main functions of a language(s), as well as its/their respective role(s) in the standard language’s and writing system’s development and the formation of local and cultural identities, are described 
  • its/their use in fields such as education and science are discussed, and suggestions for promotional opportunities are foregrounded 
  • its/their use in mass media and social media, advertising, entertainment, literary works, and business communication is evaluated 
  • its/their interaction with other language varieties and languages is considered 
  • etc. 

We welcome original articles not only on the phonetics, word formation, morphology, vocabulary, and syntax of regional varieties and dialects, but also on the development of dictionaries, atlases, language corpora, and spelling tools, the use of dialectometry and other methods, and other innovations in regional language development. 

Terms and conditions for submitting articles to “Linguistica Lettica”  

  • The deadline for submissions is 22 May 2022
  • Articles are published in Latvian, Lithuanian, English, German, and Russian.
  • The article (with the subject line “Article for Linguistica Lettica”), in *.doc or *.docx format, must be submitted electronically in by sending an e-mail to: 
  • Article formatting rules and guidelines are available on the website of the Latvian Language Institute of the University of Latvia:  

Publications that meet the formatting requirements and receive positive feedback from scientific editors and reviewers will be included in the issue and indexed in the SCOPUS database.