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Uralic Typology Days

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The Uralic Typology Days

                                                                                                                   In Estonian - In Russian

November 26-27, 2009, Institute of the Estonian Language, Tallinn. The sponsor of the event was the project 930113  A PSUTEA.

Here are some pictures by Pornsiri: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Here are some pictures by Sven-Erik: Jocelyn, Heete and Tuomas, Masja and Anne, reception

Here are some pictures by Anne:


Two different temperatures meet. Aleksey is cold. Aleksey is freezing. The Dutch (Helen and Sander) know that for any bad weather there is always an umbrella and are thus not concerned about temperature mattersSveti brings the sun.


Masja is fieldworking and learning Uralic languages. Here are the other native speaking informants 1, 2, 3. Masja becomes more immersed in Uralic culture and moreover, serves as a proactive missing link between the branches in the Uralic language tree (or at least its speakers). Helen acquires unbelievable proficiency in Udmurt folk dance. Now Masja is already proficient enough to sing with Sveti in one of these languages! The workshop had not only the best possible ratio of brains and elegance in the Eurasian linguistic network 

but also the most entertaining and most chivalrous guys.


Here are some pictures by Kristiina Bernhart Diana and the poster, Diana, Diana and Masja, Helle and Anne, Sven-Erik, Sveti, Tuomas, Larisa Ponomareva, Zsuzsa, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, Beata, Lotti, Pornsiri, Anne, Sirkka, audience, Yurij, Misha, Jocelyne, Peter, Tuomas, Krisztina, Anne, Anne, Yurij, Matti, Misha, Helle, Heete, Iris and several people from the Institute, Helle and Masja


Conference programme

This is the preliminary programme for the Typology Days. It is a twin event with Finiteness and Non-Finiteness (November 25, 2009). Thank you for checking this site for weekly updates! 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".


November 26th Name Title
  Chair: Sander Lestrade  
9.45 Some practical information  
10.00-10.45 Casper de Groot (University of Amsterdam)

Mood in Hungarian

powerpoint presentation

10.45-11.30 Seppo Kittilä and Jussi Ylikoski (University of Helsinki) Animacy and semantic roles in European Uralic: the case of vicinal direction
11.30-11.45 Coffee break  
  Chair: Matti Miestamo  
11.45-12.15 Natalia Perkova (State University of St. Petersburg)

Comitatives in Ingrian Finnish


Urmas Sutrop

(Insitute of the Estonian Language)

On color terms
13.00-14.00 lunch  
  Chair: Urmas Sutrop  
14.00-14.45 Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm (University of Stockholm)

On Lexical Typology

If you click HERE then you can access the guidelines for collecting linguistic expressions for temperature concepts

14.45-15.15 M.M.Jocelyne Fernandez-Vest  (C.N.R.S., Universités Paris 3 & Paris 4) Toward a lexical-semantic typology of motion words in Northern Sami, compared with a few Finno-Ugric and Indo-European languages
15.15-15.45 Federica Ciabarri (University of Pavia) Hungarian non-anchoring relations. A corpus-based study
15.45-16.00 coffee and tea  
16.00-16.30 Kristiina Bernhardt (TEA) Temperature terms in Estonian. The data. 
16.30-17.00 Sirkka Saarinen (University of Turku) Expressions for 'raining' in the Finno-Ugric languages

Posters, demos and exhibition to be viewed


Posters of Alternative Talks and Demos of webpages and software


Zsuzsa Várnai, Beatrix Oszkó (RIL HAS, Budapest)

The syllable in Samoyedic languages


Sven-Erik Soosaar (Institute of the Estonian Language)

Typological approach to the lexical fields of LOVE and MERCY in Baltic-Finnic


Diana Forker and Michael Cysouw (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig). Analysis of tense and aspect system with Dahl's questionnaire: The case of Bezhta and Hinuq -- link to the presentation (Workshop of Finiteness and Non-Finiteness)


Ülle Viks (Institute of the Estonian Language), Anne Tamm (RIL HAS, University of Florence)

Morphology based glossing of Estonian and the Leipzig glossing rules: problems and solutions for Uralic languages Part 1 of the poster Part 2 of the poster


EXHIBITION (click here for the description of the exhibition) by Mária Sipos (RIL HAS, Budapest) and Zsófia Kováts (LMU LIPP München) Among Khanty reindeer herders: helicopter - national clothing - building a tent - children - building a sledge - building a sledge 2closeup of reindeers - fish - our hotel - camp 1 - camp 2 - reindeers - a village - Finno-Ugric pattern - baby reindeer is like a dog - eating raw reindeer and drinking blood - National costumes and a T-shirt with Titanic in Synya - one million mosquitos on Mari's head - fishermen - the map


17.30-19.00 Reception

Presentation of two films

Fieldwork in Caucasia (main characters Kibrik and Daniel)

Aleksei Aleksejev "Sacrificing Spring"




  November 27th  

Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm, Misha Daniel


Workshop on possessives

Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm, Misha Daniel

On Possessives.

the handout on the possessive constructions by Maria Kopjevskaja-Tamm

10.45-11.15 Yuri Lander The possessive prototype in grammars
11.15-11.30 coffee and tea  
11.30-12.00 Larisa Ponomareva (ELTE) O некоторых особенностях выражения посессивности в коми пермяцком языкe
12.00-12.30 Svetlana Edygarova (University of Tartu) Possessive noun phrase in Permic languages
  Alternate presenter: Anne Tamm (MTA Nyelvtudományi Intézet, University of Florence) Alternate talk:Languages cannot always measure "temperature" (On pseudopartitive constructions in temperature expressions)
  Alternate presenter: Larisa Leisiö (Academy of Finland, University of Tampere)
Possessive suffixes in Northern Samoyedic
12.30-13.30 lunch  
  Chair: Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm  
13.30-14.15 Tuomas Huumo  (University of Tartu) Subjective or objective motion? Semantic differences between prepositional and postpositional uses of Finnish path adpositions
14.15-15.00 Helle Metslang (University of Tartu) Estonian - a language in European periphery
15.30-15.45 coffee and tea  

the Uralic Typological Database Meeting

talks, speed papers and a roundtable





Erika Asztalos, Gitta Boros, Anna Cavallini, Nikolett Gulyás, Laura Horváth, Krisztina Korencsi (will give the presentation), Zsófia Kováts, Helle Metslang, Szilvia Németh, Anne Tamm

(ELTE, University of Florence, University of Szeged, University of Tartu, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungary)

"The Uralic WALS" miniproject: Integrating Uralic typological research and higher education


Sample map 1 Case, sample map 2 comparative constructions

Web page of the miniproject

  Ferenc Havas

The parameters for the Uralic Typology database - abstract in Hungarian- (more in Russian) -

powerpoint presentation - the talk


discussion of the parameters: Chair Anne Tamm

Chair Helle Metslang


Marianne Bakró-Nagy

Anne Tamm

Conditional constructions in the Uralic languages: a view from designing a database structure


  Matti Miestamo Polar interrogatives: Typological and Uralic perspectives
  Zsuzsa Várnai, Beatrix Oszkó Phonological Typology Database of Uralic Languages Project: state of the art
  Lotti Viola, Beáta Wagner-Nagy

(Non-verbal predication in Ob-Ugric and Samoyedic languages)


Typologie der Negation in den

obugrischen und samojedischen Sprachen

  Misha Daniel  (Moscow State University)

 Perspectives on the corpus projects of the Uralic, Archi and Khinalug, Russian, Armenian and Yiddish


  Alternate: Anne Tamm

Uralic typological database structure and the structure of WALS



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

    iris.metsmagi at eki.ee, svenerik at eki.ee, anne.tamm at unifi.it

  • Here is some information about the venue, transport, etc.


The purpose of the Typology Days in Tallinn is the following:

    * to advance the scientific study of the Uralic languages (official languages as well as variants) and define their structures within the context of cross-linguistic diversity;

    * to further mutual awareness, dialogue, and co-operation between the international community of linguists specialized in the particular Uralic languages and those interested in the Uralic data across theoretical frameworks and subdisciplines;

    * to provide a forum for the Uralic languages and for working towards a database structure that is useful for linguists across linguistic frameworks, in the spirit of linguistic typology;

    * and by doing so, to identify the areas of critically missing research in the Uralic linguistics.

     * it is a twin event with Finiteness and Non-Finiteness, taking place on November 25, 2009 at the Institute of the Estonian Language, Tallinn.

     * the focus of this event is lexical typology and it is the continuation for the previous seminar on Finno-Ugric Lexicography "Finno-Ugric Dictionaries: the Common and the Different".


     * We have invited contributions to the talk, exhibition and poster sessions of the conference. We expect contributions on lexical typology; in addition, any contributions on the lexical structure of the Uralic languages are welcome. To mention some topics: verb classes, lexicalized aspect, case marking of arguments, temperature expressions, and any areas where there are lexical restrictions on grammatical structures. If you click HERE then you can access the guidelines for collecting linguistic expressions for temperature concepts by Maria Kopjevskaja-Tamm.

     * we are open to all linguistic areas of the Uralic languages as long as they deal with the structure of these languages



Programme committee:

Helle Metslang

Marianne Bakró-Nagy

Johanna Laakso

Petar Kehayov

Tõnu Seilenthal

Riho Grünthal


Organizers:        Sven-Erik Soosaar

                         Iris Metsmägi

                         Anne Tamm


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