CFP: Time and Tense in Finnic Languages

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Fri Jun 13 13:32:27 UTC 2014

Apologies for cross-postings...

below, the first CFP to this year's Finnic conference organised by the Võro Institute. More information will soon be available on the website of the institute ( ).

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso

Universität Wien, Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (EVSL), Abteilung Finno-Ugristik
Campus AAKH Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7
A-1090 Wien
johanna.laakso at

Call for presentations
Aig õdagumeresoomõ kiilin Aeg läänemeresoome keeltes Aika itämerensuomalaisissa kielissä
October 23–25, 2014 in Taevaskoja, Estonia
The Võro Institute invites you to participate in the international conference “Time and tense in Finnic languages” in Taevaskoja.
We are looking for presentations which deal with time and tense in different contexts: tense as a grammatical category, time in the perception of life and world; the factor of time in language documentation, etc.
We welcome presentations which focus on the topics of linguistics such as tense in Finnic languages, time-expressions in vocabulary, phrases and phraseological units/ idiomatic expressions. An important research question is the development of semantics of time-expressions. Where do words expressing time relations come from? Do they tend to grammaticalize? What are the grammaticalization paths of those words in Finnic languages?
Another important issue is the question of time in documenting linguistic phenomena. What period of time is the canonical concept about one or another Finnic language dated to? Compared to the traditional understanding, what direction have endangered or less endangered Finnic languages taken by today? We also invite presentations that deal with the change in Finnic toponyms, the transformation of whole toponymic system during the different periods and in different circumstances.
At a broader level, the presentations in the conference could attempt to answer what kind of relations Finnic people have with time. Do they have it? If they have it, then how much do they have it?
The working languages of the conference are the Finnic languages and English. No translation will be provided.
Registration, fees and other relevant information
To participate, please complete the registration form on the webpage by September 15, 2014. To participate with a presentation please include an abstract (max. 200 words) in one of the working languages along with the registration.
The length of presentations is 20 minutes (+10 minutes for the discussion). We also welcome poster presentations. The revised and enlarged versions of papers will be peer-reviewed and published in the collection of articles Publications of the Võru Institute in 2015.
The fee is 60 euros. Thanks to grants received, this includes conference materials, accommodation (two nights) and meals from Thursday evening through Saturday morning. Transport will be arranged from and to the port of Tallinn and Tartu. The conference bus is scheduled to fit with the bus operating between St. Petersburg and Tartu. The fee should be transferred by September 15, 2014 at the latest, to the bank account No EE891010220034796011 (SEB, attention to “the Ministry of Finances” as the beneficiary; the reference number is 2800047436, and in the details section, add “Võro Institute conference” (SWIFT: EEUHEE2X, IBAN: EE891010220034796011). Only bank transfers are accepted. If requested, a receipt will be sent by September25, 2014. Those who wish to receive an invoice beforehand should make a note when registering.
The next conference circular will be sent to those who have registered by September. Updates and detailed information will be available from Mr. Evar Saar and Ms. Tuuli Abel, Võro Instituut, Tartu 48, 65609 Võru, e-mail: wi at, phone +372 7821960 or +372 78 28754. Please do not hesitate to contact us!

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