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Introduction to Samoyedic Studies

Next to the Finno-Ugric languages, the Samoyedic languages form one of the two branches of the Uralic languages. All Samoyedic languages are highly endangered. The central topics of the course are: (i) documentation history and its background; (ii) introduction to grammar and reading of texts; (iii) linguistic and cultural contacts in Siberia; (iv) the recent sociolinguistic situation and revitalization attempts.

Objectives and tasks

The course provides an overview of Samoyedic languages and people and an introduction to modern linguistic theories, with a special emphasis on Samoyedic languages. The course will consist of critical reading of literature (e.g. descriptive grammars and articles), exercises and virtual discussions (participants preparing short webinar papers as discussion starters about the themes specified by the teacher).

Who can apply?

The course is for advanced students, but also for beginners with basic linguistic knowledge.

Application deadline: 31.03.2017