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Archived Curricula Guide 2011–2012
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SUOMS1A Finnish and the languages of the world 7 ECTS
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Finnish Language
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Learning outcomes

To understand the characteristics of the Finnish language.


An overview of world languages and Uralic languages from the point of view of linguistic typology (Part A); focus on a particular Uralic language (Part B). Part B may include a lecture course of Hungarian or the Veps language, or alternatively an introduction to the grammar of two Uralic languages (not Estonian).

Teaching methods

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Lectures 26 h 0 h

Seminar and a written exam.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Part A: Class participation and a written exam, alternatively only a written exam; Part B: Class participation or a written exam.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Evaluation by modes of study.

Recommended year of study

4. year autumn

First year autumn of Master's degree studies.

Study materials

Part A: Alternatively a separate book exam.

  • Esa Itkonen 2001: Maailman kielten erilaisuus ja samuus (2nd edition). Turun yliopisto; Jaakko Anhava 1998: Maailman kielet ja kielikunnat. Gaudeamus.
  • Johanna Laakso (ed.) 1992: Uralilaiset kielet: tietoa suomen sukukielistä ja niiden puhujista. WSOY. 

The afore-mentioned course literature will be tested during the written exam.

Part B: Literature will be agreed upon separately. Grammars of Uralic languages can be found from

  • Denis Sinor (ed.) 1988: The Uralic languages: description, history and foreign influences. Brill.
  • Daniel Abondolo (ed.) 1998: The Uralic languages. Routledge.

Esa Itkonen, Maailman kielten erilaisuus ja samuus. Turun yliopisto. 2001.
Jaakko Anhava, Maailman kielet ja kielikunnat. Gaudeamus. 1998.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies
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