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Language evolution through Language contacts (Kontakt-fi)

Date: 1.1.1996-31.12.1999
Code: 8171
Department: Åbo Akademi University / Faculty of Arts (HF), Dept. of Finnish Language and Literature
Address: Fänriksgatan 3 A, FIN-20500 Åbo
Phone +358-2-2154 310
Fax +358-2-2154 534
E-mail khahhine@abo.fi
Project leader: FD Kaisa Häkkinen, professor (1.1.1996-31.12.1999)
Researchers: FM Eve Mikone (1.1.1996-31.12.1999)
FL Magdolna Kovács (1.1.1996-31.12.1999)
Type of research: 0 (0=Within duty, 1=Ordered research, 2=Co-operation)
- basic research 100 %
Finnish funding organizations: Finlands Akademi, Helsingfors (Forskarskolan språkkontakt och kommunikation) FIM 113050
Man months: 26 months in 1997; Totally: 52 months
Partners: Turun yliopisto, Finland
Contacts: Språkkontakt och kommunikation (TY & ÅA), Forskningscentralen för de inhemska språken: östersjöfinsk lexikologi, Magyar Tudományos Akademia, Tuelotudományi Intézet: language contact studies by Miklos Kontra.
Keywords: språkkontakt, språklig interaktion, finsk-ugriska språk, kielikontaktit, kielellinen vuorovaikutus, suomalais-ugrilaiset kielet, finska, östersjöfinska, ungerska, språkkontakter, Finnish, Baltic-Finnish, Hungarian, Language contacts,

The aim of the project is a) to describe the linguistic and extralinguistic elements influencing the linguistic evolution in different contact situations and b) to explain the current changes that the linguistic and the cultural contacs have caused in some Finnish-Ugrian languages.One part of the project (the research of FM Eve Mikone) concentrates on the Finnish languages of the Baltic Sea area which have received ompulses from different Indo-European languages but also have had influences on each other.The main aim of the research is to find out to what extent the south-east dialects of the Finnish language show such lexical characteristics that are completely missing in the other Finnish dialects, and how the existence of these characteristics can be explained.The material is gathered from the dialectal word archives at the Research Institute for the Languages of Finland and from the corresponding Estonian archives in Tallinn.The other part of the project (the research of FL Magdolna Kovács) will map out the changes that have taken place in the languages of Finnish and Hungarian immigrants in Australia.The aim of the research is to define the linguistic characteristics that are the most sensitive vs most resistant to the influence of a foreign language, and to find out if related languages show parallel evolutionary tendencies when exposed to the influence of an Indo-European language.

Publication(s)

5.3.1996 / 16.9.1997