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Teaching Activities

This section gives an overview of our teaching activities.

COPIUS Acitivities

9th–13th August 2021, organized by the University of Vienna

Topics covered (teaching carried out and supervised by Sampsa Holopainen, University of Vienna)

  • History of Uralic
  • Methods of etymology
  • Sources of Uralic etymology
  • Inherited words
  • Internal borrowing
  • Loanword research
  • Germanic loanwords in Finnic
  • Indo-Iranian loanwords in Uralic
  • Substrate words


  • Etymology and truth (Johanna Laakso, University of Vienna)
  • Etymology and historical phonology in mutual support (Juho Pystynen, University of Helsinki)
  • Towards a typology of etymologies. How regular is semantic change? (Janne Saarikivi, University of Helsinki)

1st – 5th February 2021, organized online by the University of Helsinki

Language: Inari Saami (Petteri Morottaja)


  • Online resources for Uralic languages


  • Trond Trosterud (Tromsø): Online resources for Uralic languages (keynote speech)

E-learning course: Spring 2020, organized by the Universiy of Tartu

Workshop: 17th–21st May 2021, organized by the Universiy of Tartu

Practical parts (Fedor Rozhanski)

  • Audio recording
  • Video recording

Essay panel: Discussion of Fieldwork proposals the participants had written as an oucome of the e-learning course in the preceding year


  • Ethnographic Fieldwork documented in the Archives of the Estonian National Museum (Svetlana Karm, Piret Koosa, Estonian National Museum)
  • Linguistic Fieldwork documented in the Archive of Estonian dialects and related languages at the University of Tartu (Tuuli Tuisk, University of Tartu)
  • Finno-Ugric fieldwork in POW camps of WW I and WW II (Gerson Klumpp, University of Tartu)
  • Online elicitation tools (Tobias Weber, LMU Munich)

27th January – 1st February 2020, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest

Language: Komi-Permyak (Nikolett F. Gulyás and Vasily Epanov)


  • Linguistic typology and Finno-Ugric languages (Erika Asztalos, Nikolett F. Gulyás, Laura Horváth)
  • Linguistic contacts between Uralic and Turkic (András Czentnár)


  • Ksenia Shagal (Helsinki): Typology to the rescue
  • Bence Gulyás: Identity, archeology, and related questions

E-learning: 11 February – 7 June 2019, University of Vienna

Summer workshop: 10 – 14 June 2019, University of Turku

Language courses:

  • Jeremy Bradley (Vienna): Meadow Mari e-learning
  • Nadezhda Krasnova (Yoshkar-Ola): Hill Mari


  • Sirkka Saarinen: The Mari people - history and language contacts
  • Sirkka Saarinen: Documentation of the Mari language
  • Jorma Luutonen: History of the Mari literary languages
  • Ildikó Lehtinen: Mari Ethnology
  • Ildikó Lehtinen: Ritual practices
  • Jeremy Bradley (Vienna): (Hill) Mari language technology
  • Alexander Pustyakov (Helsinki): Mari personal name system
  • Alexander Pustyakov (Helsinki): Pre-Christian baby-naming traditions among the Mari
  • Konstantin Zamyatin (Durham): CASE STUDY - Ethnic Politics in the Republic of Mari El in the Post-Soviet Period
  • Konstantin Zamyatin (Durham): CASE STUDY - An Ethnopolitical Conflict in the Republic of Mari El in the mid-2000s
  • Sirkka Saarinen: Mari religion and folklore

4 – 9 February 2019, University of Hamburg

Language: Nganasan (Josefina Budzisch and Beáta Wagner-Nagy / Hamburg)


  • Information structure and Information status (Hannah Wegener and Chris Lasse Däbritz / Hamburg)
  • Evidentiality (Sándor Szeverényi and Katalin Sipőcz/ Szeged)
  • CLARIN (Hanna Hedeland / Hamburg, Jack Rueter / Helsinki)


  • Vladimir Plungian (Moscow): Evidentiality and its relation to modality – what is known thus far?
  • Eugénie Stapert (Leiden): Patterns of multilingualism on the Taimyr Peninsula

Activities for INFUSE and other previous cooperations

For an overview of teaching activities our network carried out before COPIUS, see INFUSE and the website of the previous International Winter Schools

Summer workshop: 18 – 22 June 2018, University of Uppsala

The course focused on the minor Finnic languages Ingrian, Karelian, Kven, Livonian, Meänkieli, South Estonian, Veps and Vote. These range in number of native speakers from ca. 80 000 (South Estonian) to less than 10 (Livonian), and are mainly spoken in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Russia and Sweden. At the summer workshop, there were sessions with native speakers of Livonian (Valt Ernštreit), Veps (Olga Žukova) and South Estonian (Helen Plado)

Further information on the INFUSE website: e-learning, summer workshop.

Photo: Maria Köstlbauer

26 February – 3 March 2018, University of Vienna

Language: Udmurt (Dmitri Efremov / Izhevsk, Christian Pischlöger / Vienna)


  • The Grammar of Social Cognition (Elena Skribnik / Munich, Nicholas Evans / Canberra, Danielle Barth / Canberra)
  • Minority languages, multilingualism, language policy (Johanna Laakso / Vienna)


  • Eva Vetter (Vienna): "Language maintenance as an object of sociolinguistic study"
  • Anneli Sarhimaa (Mainz): "Minority, majority, or foreign: Languages in education"

Funded by the Erasmus+ strategic partnership INFUSE "Integrating Finno-Ugric Studies in Europe".

Further information on the INFUSE website, and on the website of the University of Vienna. A student report from Munich can be found here.

Summer workshop: 18 – 22 September 2017, University of Hamburg

The course provided an overview on topics in Samoyedic phonetics, as well as an introduction to Northern Selkup. At the workshop, there were sessions on vowel harmony (László Fejes/Hungarian Academy of Sciences), phonology of Kamas (Gerson Klumpp/University of Tartu), language contact (Florian Siegl), syllabic phonology (Zsuzsa Várnai/Hungarian Academy of Sciences), technological and methodological aspects of empirical linguistics (Timm Lehmberg & Anne Ferger/both University of Hamburg), as well as a structure course on Central and Southern Selkup (Josefina Budzisch/University of Hamburg).

Further information on the INFUSE website: e-learning, summer workshop.

27 February – 4 March 2017, University of Turku

Language: Moksha (Valentina Katainen / Turku)


  • Cognitive linguistics (Krista Ojutkangas / Turku, Tuomas Huumo / Turku)
  • Text analysis and corpora (Jorma Luutonen / Turku)


  • Ulla-Maija Forsberg: "Etymology and expressive words"
  • Sirkka Saarinen: "(Finnish) folkloristics within Uralistics and beyond"

Funded by the Erasmus+ strategic partnership INFUSE "Integrating Finno-Ugric Studies in Europe".

Further information on the INFUSE website. A student report from Munich can be found here.

Summer workshop: 6 – 10 June 2016, University of Szeged

The aim of the course was to introduce students into a relatively new subfield of linguistic typology, Lexical typology. The course gave a general introduction to Lexical typology, surveying its methodology and the most important literature. A survey was given of some case studies as Verbs of perception, Motion verbs, Kinship terms, Numerals and numeral systems, Colour terms. Discussing these case studies the course also relied on the lexical data of the Uralic languages.

Funded by the Erasmus+ strategic partnership INFUSE "Integrating Finno-Ugric Studies in Europe".

Further information on the INFUSE website: e-learning, summer workshop.

1 – 6 February 2016, University of Tartu

Language: Komi (Nikolay Kuznetsov / Tartu)


  • Transcription, transliteration, orthographies (Jeremy Bradley / Munich, Gwen Eva Janda / Munich, Elena Skribnik / Munich, Johanna Laakso / Vienna)
  • Uralic syntax: information structure (Elena Skribnik / Munich, Gerson Klumpp / Tartu)


  • Pärtel Lippus & Eva Liina Asu-Garcia (Tartu): "Uralic phonetic studies: state of the art"
  • Santeri Junttila (Helsinki): "The criteria of a loanword etymology"

Funded by the Erasmus+ strategic partnership INFUSE "Integrating Finno-Ugric Studies in Europe".

Further information on the INFUSE website and in the Munich University Magazine (pages 26-27).

Photo: Jeremy Bradley

9 – 14 February 2015, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

Language: Kildin Saami (Michael Rießler / Freiburg, Rogier Blokland / Uppsala)


  • New approaches in historical Uralic phonology and etymology (Ante Aikio / Oulu, Marianne Bakró-Nagy / Szeged, Janne Saarikivi / Helsinki)
  • Corpus linguistics (Jeremy Bradley / Munich, Maximilian Murmann / Munich, Zsófia Schön / Munich)


  • Hans-Jörg Schmid (Munich): "Corpus linguistics and its theoretical basis"
  • Ante Aikio (Oulu): "Uralic Historical phonology and the search for new etymological cognate words"
  • Martin Hilpert (Neuchâtel): "Language change and motion charts"

Further information on the website of the University of Vienna (esp. photos) and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Photo: Jeremy Bradley

19 January – 1 February 2014, University of Szeged


  • Nenets (Lotta Jalava / Helsinki)
  • Mari (Tatiana Yefremova / Budapest, Julia Kuprina / Helsinki, Jeremy Bradley / Vienna)


  • Methods of linguistic field work (Peter Austin / London, Elena Skribnik / Munich, Zsófia Schön / Munich)
  • Scientific writing (Johanna Laakso / Vienna, Jeremy Bradley / Vienna)
  • Language change under language contact (Elena Skribnik / Munich, Johanna Laakso / Vienna, Marianne Bakró-Nagy / Szeged, Gerson Klumpp / Tartu)


  • Anna Fenyvesi (Szeged): "Bi- and Multilingualism"
  • Elena Skribnik (Munich), Gerson Klumpp (Tartu): "Typology and Finno-Ugric Studies"
  • Janne Saarikivi (Helsinki): "Ethnographic knowledge & fieldwork"

Funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme

Further information on the website of the University of Vienna (esp. blog).

17 February – 2 March 2013, University of Vienna


  • Kazym-Khanty (Zsófia Schön / Munich, Mária Sipos / Budapest & Szeged, Valentina Solovar),
  • Nganasan (Beáta Wagner-Nagy / Hamburg, Sándor Szeverényi / Szeged)


  • Language revitalization (Janne Saarikivi / Helsinki, Annika Pasanen / Helsinki & Inari)
  • E-grammars (Veronika Bauer / Munich, Gábor Fónyad / Vienna)
  • Historical Linguistics (Marianne Bakró-Nagy / Szeged, Johanna Laakso / Vienna)
  • Poster design (Veronika Bauer / Munich)

Funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme

Further information on the website of the University of Vienna (esp. photos, memes).

Contact Us

Project Coordination
Prof. Dr. Rogier Blokland

Uppsala University
Department of Modern Languages
Engelska parken
Thunbergsv. 3 L
751 26 Uppsala

Organizational Assistant
Dr. phil. Maximilian Murmann (LMU Munich)

Technical Administration
Dr. tech. Dr. phil. Jeremy Bradley (University of Vienna)

Tobias Weber, M.A. (LMU Munich)

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