These twin volumes grew out of a six-year research program entitled 'Language typology around the Baltic Sea', sponsored by the Faculty of Humanities at Stockholm University and directed by one of the editors (Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm). They seek to unite the broad sweep characteristic of typological inquiries with the finer-grained detail typical of language contact studies. While K-T concedes that Circum-Baltic (CB) languages are not a true Sprachbund, she emphasizes that the contact situation in northeastern Europe has never been assessed holistically because the languages spoken there have traditionally been the domain of separate disciplines founded on genetic lines. Many facets of the historical interaction between the CB Germanic, Baltic, Slavic, and Finnic languages have therefore never received the attention they deserve.
Vajda, Edward J., "Review of: Circum-Baltic Languages Vol. 1: Past and Present, and Circum-Baltic Languages Vol. 2: Grammar and Typology" (2003). Modern & Classical Languages. 39.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Language and languages; Baltic Sea Region--Languages
Baltic Sea Region--Languages