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SUOMA1 Historical background of Finnish 5 ECTS
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Finnish Language
Person in charge

Learning outcomes

To present an overview of the position of Finnish in the Finno-Ugric language family, and of the language’s historical development in general. Emphasis on the development during the Proto-Finnic era, when a change occurred from a language form typical for the modern remotely related languages in the Finno-Ugric language family to a new language form shaped by Indo-European influences, and still further from Proto-Finnic towards modern Finnish. Language history inspection focuses on phonetic history and vocabulary.


Finnish as a member of the Finno-Ugric language family, language change (phonetic development, changes of meaning, new words).

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 26 h 0 h


Teaching language


Modes of study

Class participation and a written exam.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Evaluation by exam and class participation.

Recommended year of study

2. year spring

Study materials

The afore-mentioned literature will be questioned during the written exam; Supplementary reading: Kaisa Häkkinen 1996: Suomalaisten esihistoria kielitieteen valossa. Tietolipas 147. SKS; Terho Itkonen 1983: Välikatsaus suomen kielen juuriin. Virittäjä 87, pp. 190-229 and 349-386. Kaisa Häkkinen, Mistä sanat tulevat: suomalaista etymologiaa. SKS. 1990; Tapani Lehtinen, Suomen kielen tausta II.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies
Intermediate Studies (Finnish Language)
School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies
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School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies