LIETUVIU KALBOS ŽODYNAS
[Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language] is the largest work of
twentieth-century Lithuanian linguistics. The idea of the Dictionary
was conceived (and its compilation begun) by the eminent Lithuanian
philologist Kazimieras Buga at the turn of the twentieth century.
Since then several generations of lexicographers of the Institute of the
Lithuanian Language have been engaged in the preparation of its
twenty volumes for six decades (published between 1941 and 2002).
The Dictionary aims to give the words and illustrate their usage by
quotations culled from all kinds of writings and dialect records
from the period between the year 1547, i.e. the publication of the
first Lithuanian book, and 2001.
The twenty volumes of the Dictionary make up about 22,000 pages,
comprising half a million headwords and over 11,000,000 words of
text. This academic edition of the Dictionary of the Lithuanian
Language is significant not only as a major landmark of Lithuanian
philology, it is also an authoritative source for comparative
Indo-European studies. It presents the origin, history and spread of
a word, its grammatical and accentual forms and categories, and its
peculiarities with respect to word-formation, semantic structure,
stylistic usage, etc. The Dictionary abounds in extra-linguistic
information: the illustrative material carries much background
information about the everyday life of the speakers of the language,
their social relations, ethical values, ethnographical details, etc.
The Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language will be accessible online
www.lkz.lt. This Dictionary will also be issued on CD-Rom.
For further information:
Institute of the Lithuanian Language,
P. Vileišio 5, LT-10308 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel. +370 5 234 6472
Fax +370 5 234 7200