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Conference - SAALS 3: 3rd Saami Linguistics Symposium

When Oct 19, 2017 08:00 AM to
Oct 20, 2017 07:00 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, seminar room
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On October 18–20 2017, the 3rd Saami Linguistics Symposium will take place. The Symposium is the continuation of a series of international symposia previously held in Tromsø in 2006 and 2009. The purpose of the symposium is to give researchers the opportunity to present current research to their peers, participate in formal and informal discussions on relevant topics, and explore potential opportunities for future collaborative work. We especially encourage younger researchers at the Master's and Ph.D. levels to present their work. 

Papers related to Saami languages and linguistics including the sociology of language, language teaching, and language revitalization are welcome. The keynote speech will be given by Matthew Baerman (Surrey Morphology Group) and address the topic of inflectional morphology in a cross-linguistic perspective. With this in mind, we are particularly looking forward to papers dealing with Saami inflectional morphology. 

Please submit an anonymous, one-page abstract in English or Saami via EasyChair by 15 June 2017.

Call for Papers



The symposium is being organized by Michael Rießler (FRIAS and Freiburg Research Group in Saami Studies), Joshua Wilbur (Freiburg Research Group in Saami Studies), Tim Feist (Surrey Morphology Group), and Flore Picard (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV), and in collaboration with the Freiburg Research Group in Saami Studies and the Foundation for Endangered Languages Regional Interest Group «Northern Eurasia». Financial and organisational support come from FRIAS, the Department for Scandinavian Studies at the University of Freiburg, and the Hermann Paul Centre for Linguistics..



We can only accept a limited number of additional participants. If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail to

Joshua Wilbur and/or

Michael Rießler



Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Thursday, 19 October 2017




Keynote lecture

Matthew Baerman
Three-way length alternations in morphology


Coffee break and poster session

Merit Müller
On variation in adjective attributes in Inari Saami

Marjatta Jomppanen
Sámegielaid skuvlaoahpahus Oulu gávpogis

Tatiana Agranat
Kildin Saami according to the UNESCO Major Evaluative Factors of Language


Session 1

Tim Feist
Making sense of the complex inflectional morphology of Skolt Saami


Flore Picard
Modeling Saami inflectional morphology in a diasystemic perspective


Olle Kejonen
Dual number in a North Saami dialect

13:00–14:30 Lunch*


Session 2

Hanna Danbolt Ajer
Before time: variation in Lule Sami adpositions


Torbjörn Söder
South Saami adpositions


David Kroik
Differential Object Marking in South Saami


Coffee Break


Session 3

Petter Morottaja, Raj Singh, Ida Toivonen
Comitative coordination in Inari Saami


Eino Koponen, Jack Rueter
On Skolt Sami largo and allegro alternation


Marko Jouste
Juoiggus - luohti - livđe - leu´dd - Traditional Saami Music Terminology in Finland

18:00 Reception


Friday, October 20 2017


Session 4

Minerva Piha
Proto-Scandinavian loanwords in South Saami combined with archaeological material in Central Scandinavia


Janne Saarikivi
Extinct Saami languages and the Saami language shift to Finnish in the central parts of Finnish Lapland in the light of oral history


Coffee break


Session 5

Ilona Rauhala
The variation and development of the adjective attribute marking system in the Saami languages


Richard Kowalik
The South Saami consonant system: Plosives, voice, and preaspiration


Helmut Sandeck
Baakoe-öörnege åarjelsaemien raajesen negasjovnesne

12:30–14:00 Lunch*


Session 6

Marja-Liisa Olthuis
Anarâškielâ kuhes vokalij já diftongij uánánem kuálussaanij miärusuásist


Ciprian-Virgil Gerstenberger
Towards Pan-Saami linked lexical data via majority languages’ WordNets: a survey


Lene Antonsen, Marja-Liisa Olthuis, Trond Trosterud
Anárašgiela divvunprográmma


Coffee Break


Session 7

Sierge Rasmus
Gielaid seaguheapmi, interfereansa vai kodaid ovttastupmi?


John Weinstock
New Era Sápmi Language Shift: Motivation and Mechanisms


Markus Juutinen
Language contact case Sea and Skolt Sami in Neiden

17:30 Summary and network discussion
19:00 Dinner* (optional)


*Please note that these meals will not be provided.



A Pite Saami noun paradigm by Israel Ruong, archived at Institutet för språk och folkminnen, Uppsala