Syntactic Structure of Uralic Languages

SSUL 2015


Despite the fact that there has been an increase in the number of studies and the amount of research on the syntax of Uralic languages in the past few years, syntactic phenomena in the small Uralic languages still remain understudied (e.g. the interaction between intonation, word order and information structure, syntactic function of possessors, etc.). Based on recent papers on Uralic we can discover very close relations among some of the languages, very distant relations among others, but even the distant relatives still display common, family-specific characteristics. What are the common syntactic properties of the Uralic languages? Can we talk about "Uralic syntax"? Can we say that these properties are further evidence of the Uralic languages belonging to one language family? Formal analyses of syntactic phenomena in Uralic languages may extend our knowledge of human language and may lead to e.g. a better understanding of the complex relationships among languages or language contact.

This workshop is a forum to present and discuss current issues concerning the syntax of Uralic languages based on any kind of theoretical approach. The purpose is to examine the Uralic languages both from a synchronic and from a diachronic perspective, and both within one language and cross-linguistically. We welcome papers on syntactic research of Uralic languages carried out in formal models of grammar or contemporary functionalist approaches. Theoretical and experimental, synchronic and diachronic papers are solicited.


Anders Holmberg (Newcastle University),
Orsolya Tanczos (HAS-RIL & Pazmany University) and
Balazs Suranyi (HAS-RIL & Pazmany University)

We owe thanks for the support of OTKA (Grant 112057).