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Conferences and Workshops

Anne Tamm


"L’autunno estone III", 2012

October-November-December 2012

Please check this page for the schedule.

"L'autunno estone II", 2011

November 7-8, 2011, University of Florence

The lectures on various topics on linguistic pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, and language acquisition by the guest speaker Prof. Renate Pajusalu from the University of Tartu. Here is the poster of the event with the details of the lectures and organizers.The literature event of this fall: the visit of Maarja Kango, author of poems and short stories.

"Primavera Ugrofinnica III", 2011

University of Florence, April 13-15, 2011

Here is the link to the workspace. Click here for the programme of the event.

"L' autunno estone I", 2010

November 10-12, 2010, University of Florence

Click here for the workspace of the event. Here is the pdf with the programme and the list of organizers in Italian.

"Primavera ugrofinnica II", 2010

University of Florence, April-May 2010

Here is the link to the event and the list of organizers.  

"Primavera ugrofinnica I", 2009

University of Florence, March 2009

Here is the link to the event and the list of organizers.


Negation in Uralic Languages (Workshop 3)

November 24-25, 2011, University of Stockholm

This workshop is part of the series of workshops organized by Matti Miestamo, Beata Wagner-Nagy, Anne Tamm to make a collection of articles on the negation systems in the Uralic languages. Here is the link to more information on negation in the Uralic languages and the current events concerning the topic.

Workshop on Negation (Workshop 2)

"To be or NOT to be, that is the QUESTIONNAIRE" 

April 21, 2011, Budapest, Central European University 

Matti Miestamo, Beáta Wagner-Nagy, Anne Tamm 

Here is the poster of the event: a workshop for discussing the typological questionnaire on negation in the Uralic languages. Click here for the public workspace of the event and if you are a member of the volume on Uralic negation group, click here for the closed workspace.

If you find broken links, please send the information about it to: at REVERSE anne.tamm Thank you in advance!

Negation in the Uralic Languages (Workshop 1)

August 11th, 2010, Piliscsaba, CIFU 11

Matti Miestamo, Anne Tamm, Beáta Wagner-Nagy

 Click here for the workspace of the event and here for the programme, the abstracts and the texts of the presentations. 

Uralic Case

Workshop at the 14th International Morphology Meeting, Budapest, 15th-16th May, 2010.

Seppo Kittilä, Anne Tamm 

Finno-Ugric Syntax and Universal Grammar

09-Aug-2010 - 10-Aug-2010

Symposion of the 11th International Congress for Finno-Ugric Studies, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Piliscsaba, Budapest, Hungary, 09-Aug-2010 - 14-Aug-2010


In the framework of the 11th International Congress for Finno-Ugric Studies, to be held at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Piliscsaba (near Budapest) between 9-14th August, 2010, we organize a workshop devoted to the formal analysis of the syntax of Finno-Ugric languages, focusing on how their particular features relate to Universal Grammar.

Analyses of Finno-Ugric languages have made a number of important contributions to the theory of Universal Grammar, over the years, extending the limits of syntactic variation allowed by UG. They demonstrated the presence of a rich, articulated left periphery in sentence structure, involving, for example, a contrastive position in Finnish, and, in Hungarian, exhaustive structural focus as well as landing sites for overt quantifier raising. Other issues raised by Finno-Ugric languages included freedom of word order in certain sections of the sentence (but strict word order in the left periphery). They showed the need for divorcing the predicate-external argument from the grammatical function 'subject'. The complex Finno-Ugric possessive construction served as argument for assuming layers of functional projections in the noun phrase. The rich system of cases - among them the partitive case of Finnish and Estonian - remain a challenge to standard case theory. The problems raised by the partitive case include its interaction with the specificity of the internal argument, with aspect, epistemic modality, and with verb-object agreement. In Ostyak, the mapping of theta-roles on case positions appears to interact both with specificity and with discourse functions. Finno-Ugric negation also has its particular properties to be accounted for, including a negative auxiliary in Finnish and Sami, the abessive/caritive negation, and intricate negative concord phenomena in several languages. The partial pro-drop characteristic of Finnish has necessitated a modification of the theory of pro-drop, and the Estonian impersonal and genitive agents are instances of current debate. Among the phenomena in Finno-Ugric languages which deserve to be more widely known in the linguistic research community is the great variety of non-finite constructions, often with intricate agreement and case patterns. Another is the variety of question particles, focus particles, and modal particles. For example, Estonian has both a sentence-initial and sentence-final Q-particles, while Finnish has a 'second-position' Q-particle which can be deeply embedded in a fronted phrase. The mix of head-final and head-initial properties found particularly in the Western Finno-Ugric languages poses challenges to theories of linearization (including the LCA).

The workshop "The Syntax of Finno-Ugric Languages and Universal Grammar" will treat issues of these types, providing formal analyses of empirical phenomena against the background of standard universal assumptions. The workshop will consist of 30-minute presentations followed by 10-minute discussions, a round table for Finnish, and a poster presentation.

For additional information, please contact the organizers:

Katalin É. Kiss (Pázmány Péter University) ekiss at

Anders Holmberg (Newcastle University) anders.holmberg at

Anne Tamm (Research Institute of Linguistics, Budapest) anne.tamm at

Mood and Modality in the Uralic Languages

May 2009, Cognitive and Functional Perspectives on the Dynamic Tendencies of Languages Conference, Tartu. Workshop, organized by Irina Nikolaeva, Anne Tamm

Click here for the link with the programme of the conference.

Finiteness and Non-finiteness I

January 23, 2009, organized by Kristiina Ross, Heete Sahkai, and Anne Tamm

Here is a link to an overview of the event in English (Kristiina Ross, Heete Sahkai and Anne Tamm. 2010. Finiteness and Non-Finiteness in Finno-Ugric Languages. Synchronic, diachronic, and Cross-Modular Issues. Linguistica Uralica XLVI 2010/3: 229-232.), the same event on finiteness and non-finiteness in the Finno-Ugric languages is described in Estonian (Kristiina Ross, Heete Sahkai and Anne Tamm. 2009. Finiitsus ja mittefiniitsus soome-ugri keeltes. Keel ja Kirjandus 2009/6:460-465)

Finiteness and Non-Finiteness II

November 25, 2009, organized by Iris Metsmägi, Kristiina Ross, Heete Sahkai, Anne Tamm

Here is the link to the event. Selected papers are published in The Lingusitic Review and in Linguistica Uralica, in 2011.

Non-finite phenomena in Finnic

November 25, 2009, organized by Iris Metsmägi, Kristiina Ross, Heete Sahkai, Anne Tamm 

Here is the link to the workspace of the event

Selected papers are published in Linguistica Uralica, in 2011. 

The Uralic Typological Database Meeting

November 27, 2009, organized by Iris Metsmägi, Sven-Erik Soosaar, Anne Tamm

Here is the link to the workspace of the event

Selected Papers are published in Linguistica Uralica, in 2011. 

Uralic Typology Days 2009

November 26-27, 2009, organized by Iris Metsmägi, Sven-Erik Soosaar, Anne Tamm 

Here is the link to the event. Selected papers are published in Lingustica Uralica in 2011. Selected papers are published in Lingusitica Uralica, in 2010.

Language Contact and Change: Multiple and Bimodal Bilingual Minorities

This colloquium at the International Conference on Minority Languages XII intends to encourage dialogue between researchers of signed and spoken minority languages, initiated in our previous workshop in Uppsala (2008), and carried on in our next workshop on Deaf education and Sign Linguistics in Tbilisi (2011). We explore multiple and bimodal bilingualism, and concentrate on language contact and change in a typologically wide range of languages. More..

Organizers (contact: anne.tamm at and I.Zwitserlood at

Nino Amiridze, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
Östen Dahl, University of Stockholm (Sweden)
Anne Tamm, University of Florence (Italy) and Research Institute for Linguistics (Hungary)
Manana Topadze, University of Pavia (Italy)
Inge Zwitserlood, Radboud University Nijmegen, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (The Netherlands)
Liivi Hollmann defends her PhD thesis on the Estonian Sign Language. An article on her research in the press. Link to the dissertation.
Hajnalka Csernyák, native speaker of Hungarian Sign Language, is employed at the Institute for Linguistics in Budapest.
NEW! The archive of the Estonian Radio has a link to our first and second programme on sign language.

NEW! The choir of the Deaf, singing in signing video clip in Estonian. 

Wednesday (27-05-2009) University of Tartu Main Building
16.00-19.00 Registration
19.00-21.00 Opening reception

Thursday (28-05-2009) University of Tartu Main Building
8.30-9.30 Registration
9.30-10.00 Opening session
10.00-11.00 Plenary (Villems)
11.00-12.00 KEYNOTE Östen Dahl: Contact induced changes in tense and aspect systems -- link to the presentation
12.00-12.30 Beata Wagner-Nagy and Anne Tamm: The caritive and abessive negation in the changing system of negation in Nganasan -- link to the presentation
12.30-13.00 KEYNOTE Csilla Bartha: The situation of the Deaf and national minorities in Hungary -- link to the presentation
13.00-14.00 LUNCH
14.00-14.30 KEYNOTE Helle Metslang: Changes in Finnish and Estonian tense and aspect -- link to the presentation
14.30-15.00 Boglarka Janurik: Age-related differences in the code-switching behavior of Erzya-Russian bilinguals -- link to the presentation
15.00-15.30 KEYNOTE Anna Komarova: Development of Bilingual Education of the Deaf in Post-Soviet Countries -- link to the presentation
15.30-16.00 COFFEE BREAK
16.00-16.30 Donna Lewin: Variation in the use of mouthing in British Sign Language - a comparison of four bilingual groups -- link to the presentation
16.30-17.00 KEYNOTE Johanna Mesch: Variations in tactile signing - the case of one-handed signing -- link to the presentation
17.00-18.00 Plenary (Ozolins)
19.00-21.00 Reception

Friday (29-05-2009) University of Tartu Main Building

9.00-11.00 Visit to the Tartu Hiie School for the Deaf

11.00-13.00 Poster presentations

Marianne Bakró-Nagy. Contact-induced typological change in Ob-Ugric (Evidence from the development of conditional constructions)

Zsuzsa Salánki. A Finno-Ugric Minority in Everyday Minority - the Urban Udmurts -- link to the presentation

Beatrix Oszkó and Larisa Ponomareva. The influence of Russian loanwords in Komi-Permyak -- link to the presentation

Vadim Kimmelman. Russian Grammar Features In Russian Sign Language Discourse -- link to the presentation

Hege Roaldstveit Lønning and Sonja Myhre Holten.

Inge Zwitserlood, Asli Özyürek, Pamela Perniss

KEYNOTE: Tatiana Davidenko, Sign Language Diversity in Post-Soviet Countries

Arnfinn M. Vonen, Influence from Norwegian on the pronoun system of Norwegian Sign Language

Tatiana Agranat, The Syntax of Caritive Participles in Balto-Finnic Languages

Inge Zwitserlood, The construction and use of sign language corpora; the messier the better?!

The Mezzofanti Colloquium

at the 12th International Conference of Minority Languages

July 2007, University of Pécs 

See the abstracts, the participants, and the official title of this workshop at the pages 45-53, of this link 

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