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Linguistica Lettica publishes original, previously unpublished papers and reviews of current topics in Baltic linguistics by renowned experts and young researchers in Latvian, Lithuanian, English, and German.

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, 2023.

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

Solvita BURR
, Latvia/USA, University of Latvia / University of Washington

Editor assistant
Kristīne MEŽAPUĶE, Latvia, University of Latvia

Editorial Board
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
Irēna Ilga JANSONE, 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

Treading in the Footsteps of Jānis Endzelīns

Jānis Endzelīns is one of the greatest Baltic linguists of all time and internationally recognized Latvian linguists. 

On February 22 of this year, the centennial of Jānis Endzelīns is celebrated. This day is included in the calendar of days to be celebrated by UNESCO. In honor of the special event, the Academic Library of the University of Latvia has prepared the exhibition “Linguist Jānis Endzelīns – 150” and an international scientific conference is held at the Latvian Language Institute. 

 From the outstanding researcher and educator one can learn high valuation of a native language (mother tongue), scrupulous scientific study of the language, diligent teaching of languages and linguistics courses, as well as simple and clear explanation and promotion of language issues in society. Such learning and inspiration perfectly correspond to Latvian phraseology treat in (someone’s) footsteps ‘to follow someone’s example, to continue someone’s tradition’ (Tēzaurs), chosen as the main motif of the journal „Linguistica Lettica”. 

Issue 32 of the journal „Linguistica Lettica” is devoted to (1) the in-depth study of the works of Jānis Endzelīns, (2) the purposeful continuation of the started linguistic or pedagogical traditions, and (3) the initiation of theoretical or methodological ideas that are innovative and have a high value of practical application for further research in Baltistics. Researchers from different fields of the humanities are invited to submit articles in which:  

  • the works of Endzelīns (especially the works that have been less viewed or not considered at all) have been analyzed; 
  • modern Baltic languages (e.g., language levels, individual language units), databases of language materials, linguistics study programs or courses, language commissions, publications in linguistics and linguodidactics, or projects in the humanities have been compared with Endzelīn’s theoretical views, methodology, research, course materials, publications, etc. works in Baltistics;  
  • new disciplines, theories, or methods of linguistics have been proposed and discussed, illustrating them with examples from modern Baltic languages or adapted to the language situation in the Baltic states.   

Terms and conditions for submitting articles to “Linguistica Lettica”:  

  • The deadline for submissions is 22 May, 2023
  • Articles are published in Latvian, Lithuanian, English, and German.
  • The article (with the subject line “Article for Linguistica Lettica”), in *.doc or *.docx format, must be submitted electronically via the online form or 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 and ERIH PLUS databases.