ELTE BTK Magyar Nyelvtudományi és Finnugor Intézet

Felhívás: 8th Winter School for Finno-Ugric Studies

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8th FU Winter School 2020

The 8th Winter School of Finno-Ugric Studies under the aegis of the COPIUS project will be held at the Eötvös Loránd University Budapest.

Date: 27th January 2020 - 1st February 2020

Venue: Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Humanities – 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4. Building R, lecture room 423 (campus map)

The Winter School offers the following courses:

●      Komi-Permyak language (beginners’ course) by Nikolett F. Gulyás and Vasily Jepanov

●      WS I: Linguistic typology and Finno-Ugric languages by Erika Asztalos, Nikolett F. Gulyás, and Laura Horváth

●      WS II: Linguistic contacts between Uralic and Turkic by András Czentnár

●      Guest lecture I: Typology to the rescue by Ksenia Shagal

●      Guest lecture II: Identity and archeology - and related questions by Bence Gulyás


Erika Asztalos, Nikolett F. Gulyás, Laura Horváth (Eötvös Loránd University): Linguistic typology and Finno-Ugric languages

Linguistic typology as a framework of language comparison has been incorporated into the study of Uralic languages in recent decades, but still there remain numerous Uralic languages and even more linguistic phenomena that have not been the subject of systematic research from the viewpoint of linguistic typology. In the first part of the workshop we will provide a general introduction to the field of linguistic typology including basic terms and methodological questions. The second part of the course will consist of case studies from different Uralic languages about various linguistic topics, including word order, aspect, and valence-changing operations.



András Czentnár (Eötvös Loránd University): Linguistic contacts between Uralic and Turkic

One of the major language families the Uralic languages have been living together with throughout history is the Turkic language family. Contacts between Uralic and Turkic occurred in ancient as well as in recent times and in various geographical locations of Eurasia. The depth of such contacts can also vary on a large scale from lexical borrowings to impacts in phonology. The aim of the course is to give an overview of these layers by presenting multiple examples from different ages and areas and of different types.


Guest lecture I

Ksenia Shagal (University of Helsinki): Typology to the rescue

Uralic language family is among the best known in the world, with a long tradition of historical-comparative and ethnolinguistic studies. Many of the available descriptions of Uralic languages do not, however, make use of the recent advances in linguistic typology, such as generalizations based on large-scale cross-linguistic research. In this lecture, I will discuss the ways in which Uralists can benefit from collaboration with typologists and provide examples of linguistic phenomena in Uralic languages for a better understanding of which typological knowledge is particularly crucial.


Guest lecture II

Bence Gulyás (Eötvös Loránd University): Identity and archeology - and related questions

Archaeological research of identity is a discipline rife with ambiguities. In spite of the ever-increasing body of methodological literature, strict methodology has yet to be applied to the study of the steppe people of the Carpathian Basin (Huns, Avars, Hungarians). As archaeological research pertaining to these people is of central importance to identity building, archaeological results are often published in simplified form. In my lecture, I will focus on methodological questions of the interpretation of research results: should we as archaeologists incorporate new discoveries of historians and linguists into our work? Are we able to do that? How do scientific findings such as radiocarbon dating and paleogenetics affect archaeological interpretations? Is there a real conversation between academics from these fields? My talk is an attempt to answer these questions and to clarify what the term “interdisciplinarity” means from the viewpoint of contemporary archaeology.


General instructions for students

For this Winter school you can get 5 ECTS points - how they will be acknowledged in your studies will be decided at each student's home department. In order to get them each student must:

●      participate at all courses on all working days of the Winter School (1,5 ECTS points);

●      pass the test in the language course (Komi-Permyak, 2,0 ECTS points);

●      make an active contribution in one of the workshops or the colloquium (1,0 ECTS points)

●      write a course diary / learning portfolio (for the teacher in charge at the student's home department) or make a report about the winter school at the student's home department (0,5 ECTS points).

Active contributions

Students must prepare an active contribution: a 15 minute talk held in one of the workshops, or in Saturday's colloquium; or a written contribution (if appropriate for a given topic). Team efforts are permissible (2-3 people), but must be greater in scope, and must involve all members of the team. Information on the possibilities in the individual workshops / in the colloquium can be found on the relevant pages.

Please inform Nikolett F. Gulyás (nikolett.fgulyas@btk.elte.hu) of your choice by the 15th of January. You can consult with your local professor regarding the topic of your presentation – but, don't hesitate to ask us for advice if you are feeling unsure in your choice of topic!


Please check our Facebook page for additional information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the local organizing committee:

Nikolett F. Gulyás: nikolett.fgulyas@btk.elte.hu

Ditta Szabó: szadibotta@gmail.com

Bogáta Timár: timar.bogata@gmail.com