Symposium: Lgs of the Volga Region

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Tue May 3 07:27:33 UTC 2005

Forwarded (below, in English), a symposium call sent by Jorma Luutonen
(luutonen at

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Abteilung für Finno-Ugristik
Universitätscampus AAKH, Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7, A-1090 Wien
Tel. +43 1 4277 43019 | Fax +43 1 4277 9430
johanna.laakso at |

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Cheboksary, May 18 - 19, 2006.

Organizers: Chuvash State Institute of Humanities (CSIH),
Research Unit for Volgaic Languages (RUVL) of University
of Turku (Finland)

International organizing Committee:
S. Saarinen (Turku, Finland),
J. Luutonen (Turku, Finland),
V. K. Kelmakov (Ižkar, Udmurt Republic),
O. A. Sergeyev (Yoshkar-Ola, the Republic of Mariy El),
M. V. Mosin (Saransk, the Republic of Mordovia),
F. M. Khisamova (Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan),
A. P. Khouzangai (Cheboksary, the Chuvash Republic).

Local organizing Committee:
Chairman - PhD Grigoryev V.S., director of CSIH,
secretary - Sosayeva A.A., a senior scholar of CSIH,
members –
PhD Khouzangai A.P., the head of linguistics department of CSIH,
PhD Chernov M. F., head of Chuvash language chair of CSU,
PhD Andreyeva E. A., dean of CSU faculty of Chuvash philology,
PhD Fomin E.V., CSU instructor.

Working languages: Chuvash, Russian, English (others in the presence
of an interpreter )

Contact information:
Mail address:
Russia, 428015, Cheboksary, Moskovsky prosp. 29, corp. 1,
Chuvash State Institute of Humanities (symposium: language contacts)
E–mail: symp at; human2000 at; alinasos at
Fax: (8-8352) 45-00-05
Tel: (8-8352) 45-02-31 (Atner Khouzangai), 45-02-58 (Alina Sosayeva)
     (8-8352) 45-07-87 (Alevtina Dolgova, scientific secretary)

Topics for reports:
- differential and integral processes in the languages of Volga region;
- extra-linguistic and linguistic factors causing variability;
- spread of variability in the languages of the region;
- an idea of common national language and variability;
- problem of literary language standardization;
- functional variants of literary languages;
- dialects, sociolects, idiolects;
- culture of language / speech and variability;
- variability in historical interpretation;
- variability and modern E-mass media;
- common features and differences in the anthroponymy and
  toponymy of the Volga region peoples and others.

Application information:

1. Russian participants of the symposium should send an application
for the participation with the following information:
Address (home & office)
Tel:(home & office)
Topic of report

2. Foreign participants are requested to send along with the above
application a copy of pages of a document certifying the personality.
Pages to be copied should contain the following: name of a person,
date and place of birth, sex, citizenship, country of residence,
name of document, series, number and date of issue. Remember:
document certifying the personality and recognized in the Russian
Federation should be valid for more than six months from the date of
symposium (i.e. minimum till December 2006).

3. Application for participation with the topic of a report should
be submitted to the local organizing committee before November 15, 2005.

We are planning to publish symposium materials.

The linguists (turcologists and finnougrists) from Russia, Finland,
Hungary, Turkey, Germany, USA, Poland are supposed to participate in
the work of the symposium.

All the expenses are to be paid by the participants.

The post-graduate students and aspirants wishing to participate in
the symposium are to be recommended by their research instructor.

The organizing committee reserves the right to decline applications
that do not correspond to the topics of the symposium.

It is possible to take part as a guest (without a report).

Important dates:
Deadline for the submission of an application: November 15, 2005.
Deadline for the participation to be confirmed: February 1, 2006.
Date for the symposium to be held: 18-19 may,2006.


The international simposium devoted to the languages of the Volga
region is being held since 1993. It was initiated and later promoted
by the chair of Finno-Ugric Languages and Research Unit for Volgaic
Languages of the University of Turku, Finland.
The topics of the symposiums:
- Changes in Volgaic languages (Turku, 1-2. 09.1993);
- Structure and development of Volgaic languages (Yoshkar-Ola,
- Word-building architectonics in Volgaic languages (Saransk, 1-4.10.1999);
- Language contacts in the Volga region (Turku, 16-18.2001);
- Formation and development of the literary languages of the Volga region
peoples(Izhevsk, 16-18.08.2001)

The former three symposiums covered Mari and Mordvinian languages and
later Chuvash, Tatar and Udmurt have been involved into the range of studied
languages. The international committee approved the idea of the VI symposium
“Variability in the languages of the Volga region peoples” to be held in
Cheboksary, Chuvash State Institute of Humanities being an organizer.


Cheboksary, the capital of the Chuvash Republic is the largest cultural,
educational, administrative and industrial centre of Chuvashia. It lies
on the right bank of Volga 650 km from Moscow. The Chuvash name is
Shubashkar. It is customely to consider the date of foundation as 1469.
About 500 thousand people live in Cheboksary, more than a half of them
are the Chuvash. The city has a satellite town of Novocheboksarsk
The Chuvash Republic is a subject of the Russian Federation as a
national autonomy. It was formed in 1920. The population is more than
1300 thousand people. The nationality structure is as follows:
chuvash - 70%, russians – 25%, tatars – 3% and mordvinians – 1%.
Ethnonym chuvash is known from the beginning of the XVI century.
In the XVIII century the Chuvash were christianized. The number of
people – bearers of Chuvash culture makes about 1700 thousand. Only
a half of all Chuvash people of Russia lives in the Republic. Large
Chuvash diasporas are in Tatarstan, Bashkorostan, Samara, Ulyanovsk,
Saratov, Orenburg, Penza, T’umen and Krasnoyarsk regions.
The Chuvash language belongs to the Bulgar group of Turkic language
family. Being a branch of bulgaro-turkic ( r – l ) language, unlike
the standard ( z – š ) one, the Chuvash has little common with other
modern turkic languages. From the second half of XIX century the
written language is based on the cyrillic alphabet.


Chuvash State Institute of Humanities was founded in 1930
under the government of the Chuvash Republic . It is a research
institution concentrated on Chuvash studies. The Institute has
seven departments: linguistics, literature criticism and folklore
studies, archaeology, history, ethnology and anthropology, art
studies, Chuvash encyclopaedia. The funds of the library count
to 130 thousand books and more than 13 thousand units are kept
in the archive. There are 37 research scholars in the staff
including 23 PhD-s. Over 700 books have been published, 500
conferences and sessions have been held and 140 expeditions
for field studies of Chuvash language, history and culture
have been carried out.

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