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Finiteness and Non-Finiteness

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Finiteness and Non-Finiteness

Eesti keeles

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The workshop on Finiteness and Non-Finiteness takes place on November 25, 2009 at the Institute of the Estonian Language, Tallinn. This is a twin event with Uralic Typology Days. Here is some practical information about the venue, transport, etc. Here is some impractical information on Tallinn, scroll to "in danish town rivers are flowing".


Some pictures by Pornsiri Singhapreecha Anne, Helen, Pornsiri, Patrycja, Jaakko, Jack, Markus, Larisa, Krisztina, Erkki, Casper, Diana, Erkki, Casper, Larisa, Iris, Pornsiri, Jocelyne, Tartu, Nijmegen, Vienna, Budapest teams, Masja, Diana, Sven-Erik, Urmas, Reception, Anne, Pornsiri, Sven-Erik


Conference programme


Time Name Title
9.00 A word of welcome ... and some practical information by Anne Tamm
  Chair: Misha Daniel some photos Misha Daniel
9.05-9.45 Helen de Hoop and Sander Lestrade (Radboud University Nijmegen) Case and tense

Ekaterina Lyutikova (Moscow State University)

Ossetian Nominalizations and the Problem of Indirect Access



Pornsiri Singhapreecha (Thammasat University)

Thîi Càʔ and Control Infinitives


10.45-11.00 coffee and tea  

Patrycja Jablonska (University of Wroclaw)

Deriving the scale of Finiteness from parasitic syncretism
  Chair: Jaakko Leino  
11.30-13.00 Workshop on non-finiteness in Finnic
11.30-12.00 Jack Rueter (University of Helsinki) Is the “-msto/-mste” formant in Erzya anything more than a deverbal noun in the elative?

M.M.Jocelyne Fernandez-Vest 


CNRS-LACITO & Universités Paris 3 et Paris 4


The Information Structuring (IS) of non finite clauses (NFC) in Finnish


12.30-13.00 Markus Hamunen


On Infinitives of Manner/Means in Finnish




Alternate talk/poster

Anne Tamm


The prosody of finiteness and non-finiteness:


The accent of Estonian finite and non-finite verbs

13.00-14.15 lunch  
  Chair: Tuomas Huumo  



Larisa Leisiö (Academy of Finland, University of Tampere) 

Temporal Markers of Nominals in Nganasan


14.45-15.15 Misha Daniel (Moscow State University)

Destinative in Nganasan: what is being tensed?

The powerpoint presentation

Two approaches to destinative in North Samoyedic

Some photos of Misha Daniel


(NF in Finnic)

Krisztina Korencsi, ELTE, Budapest Correspondences between the semantical subgroups of Estonian analytic causative verb-phrases and the nature of the two different infinitive types in causative constructions
15.45-16.15 Erkki Luuk (University of Tartu)

The Noun/Verb and Predicate/Argument Structures


16.15-16.45 Casper de Groot  (University of Amsterdam)

A typology of depictives in Hungarian

powerpoint presentation

16.45-17.00 coffee and tea  
  Chair: Seppo Kittilä  

Peter Slomanson (Aarhus Universitet)

Cross-clausal Negation Asymmetries and the Development of Finiteness 

17.30-18.15 Diana Forker (MPI Leipzig)

Finiteness in Hinuq: converbs, participles and other beasts

talk pdf talk doc

some photos Diana Forker



Please check the website regularly for updates and do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions!

iris.metsmagi at eki.ee, heete at eki.ee, kristiina.ross at eki.ee, anne.tamm unifi.it


The purpose of the workshop is to study the morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics of finiteness and non-finiteness, and its place in typology and linguistic theory forming. This is a twin event with the Uralic Typology Days, taking place on November 26-27, 2009 at the Institute of the Estonian Language, Tallinn. It is a follow-up of our previous meeting on the subject in January (see below for the details). The original work of this series of seminars will be collected for the special issue of Linguistica Uralica or will be published in other forms.

Topics include but are not confined to:

  • finiteness and non-finiteness in linguistic typology and linguistic theory forming
  • (non)-finiteness verb forms
  • relationships between (non)-finiteness, functional categories, and other linguistic phenomena across languages
  • (non)-finiteness in Estonian, its dialects, and related languages
  • (non-)finiteness in historical sources and in the history of language
  • (non)-finite verb forms in linguistic corpora
  • (non)-finiteness in acquisition


Organizers:        Iris Metsmägi

                         Kristiina Ross

                         Heete Sahkai

                         Anne Tamm


Programme committee

                         Helle Metslang

                         Johanna Laakso

                         Riho Grünthal

                         Jaakko Leino

                         Marianne Bakró-Nagy


This event is financed by the grant number SF0050023s09 of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research Modelling intermodular phenomena in Estonian (at the Institute of Estonian Language). Here is the description of the grant.

This research targets the relationships across linguistic modules. More specifically, the project focuses on the interface relationships between prosody, lexicon, morphology, syntax, semantics and extralinguistic factors. Previous descriptions of Estonian are typically divided into separate modules. However, there are intermodular phenomena that are problematic for the previous approaches; those phenomena are better captured by an integrated approach to linguistic information across modules. In addition, the development of our large databases and linguistic tools calls for clear solutions addressing the cross-modular phenomena. The research proposal aims at testing and developing the modern cross-modular theoretical approaches against modern Estonian data. The outcome of the project is a fundamental study into several aspects of Estonian and of language structure in general, and the basic data models for complex Estonian language technological applications.




Here is the information about our previous events.

January 23rd, 2009

Finiteness and non-finiteness in Finno-Ugric languages. Synchronic, diachronic and cross-modular issues

Location: Roosikrantsi 6, Tallinn

Fenno-Ugria/Institute of the Estonian Language


Invited talks:

Tatiana Agranat (Moscow)

Östen Dahl (Stockholm)

Jaakko Leino (Helsinki/Turku)



- non-finite verb forms

- finiteness and non-finiteness in Estonian, its dialects, and related languages

- (non-)finiteness in historical sources and in the history of language

- selected topics of finiteness and non-finiteness in language typology

- non-finite verb forms in linguistic corpora


Preliminary program:

10.00 coffee/tea

10.30–11.00 Kristiina Ross -

The problems of non-finiteness / nominalization in a 17th century construction (Infiniitsusest ühes 17. sajandi käsikirjalises tõlkes)

11.00–11.30 Iris Metsmägi - Forms of Non-finite Origin in Tense and Mood Paradigms of Finno-Ugric languages (Mittefiniitse päritoluga vormid soomeugri keelte pöördeparadigmades)

11.30–12.00 Pille Penjam - The constructions of DA- and

MA-infinitives in Old Written Estonian (Vanema eesti kirjakeele da- ja

ma-infinitiiviga konstruktsioonid)

12.00–12.45 Jaakko Leino - Finnish infinitives and deverbal nouns

13.15–14.15 lunch

14.15-15.15 Östen Dahl - Finiteness and non-finiteness

15.15–15.45 Tatjana Agranat - On the Voice Oppositions in the Balto-Finnic Languages

15.45–16.00 coffee/tea

16.00–16.30 Renate Pajusalu, Heili Orav - Asymmetry in expressing motion event: Estonian supine constructions (Liikumissündmuse keelendamise asümmeetriast: eesti supiinid)

16.30–17.00 Ilona Tragel, Liina Lindström - Estonian past passive participle (Eesti keele mineviku passiivi partitsiip)

17.00–17.30 Sven-Erik Soosaar - The Nenets participles from a diachronic viewpoint (Neenetsi keele partitsiibid keeleajaloolisest vaatevinklist)

17.30–18.00 Heete Sahkai - The genitive agent in Estonian non-finite constructions (Eesti keele mittefiniitsete konstruktsioonide genitiivagent)

Alternate talk: Anne Tamm - Cross-Categorial Case


Check this site for updates or ask heete.sahkai@eki.ee





Finiitsus ja mittefiniitsus soome-ugri keeltes sünkroonia, diakroonia ja erinevate keeletasandite aspektist


Kutsutud külalisesinejad:

Tatiana Agranat (Moskva)

Östen Dahl (Stockholm)

Jaakko Leino (Helsinki/Turku)



- mis on mittefiniitsed verbivormid (partitsiibid, infinitiivid)

- finiitsus-mittefiniitsus eesti keeles ja murretes

- (mitte)finiitsus sugulaskeeltes

- (mitte)finiitsus vanades allikates ja keeleajaloos

- finiitsuse ja mittefiniitsuse teemad keeletüpoloogias

- mittefiniitsed vormid korpustes


Lähemat infot saab aadressilt

heete@eki.ee ja peagi paneme välja täpsema kava. Esialgset esinejate ajakava vt. eespoolt. Töökeelteks on eesti, inglise ja soome.

Korraldajad on Eesti Keele Instituut ja Fenno-Ugria Asutus.

Kristiina Ross

Heete Sahkai

Anne Tamm

E-post heete@eki.ee .

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