Finno-Ugric Language Contacts

by Greg Watson (Volume editor) Pekka Hirvonen (Volume editor)
©2006 Conference proceedings XX, 177 Pages


This edition of collected papers centring round the theme of Finno-Ugric language contact arose from a workshop entitled «Finno-Ugrian Languages in Contact with English (or another Germanic language)» that was offered at the Eleventh International Conference on Methods in Dialectology, held at the University of Joensuu, Finland, in August 2002. Ten articles in total are presented in this volume, the common theme for them all being that they deal with linguistic, sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic or social outcomes of contact between Finno-Ugric (Finnish or Hungarian) and Germanic languages (primarily Australian or American English, but also Norwegian and Swedish). This volume is arranged according to three broad themes. One common theme is that language shift quite often occurs from immigrant languages to the host nation’s language within a period of two generations. A second common theme is code-switching. The third part of this book deals with both substrate and superstrate influences in specific language contact environments.


XX, 177
ISBN (Softcover)
Superstrate Influence Finnisch Sprachkontakt Englisch Joensuu (2002) Code-Switching Language Shift Substrate Influence Kongress
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2006. XX, 177 pp., num. tab. and graf.

Biographical notes

Greg Watson (Volume editor) Pekka Hirvonen (Volume editor)

The Editors: Greg Watson, Ph.D., senior lecturer in English at the University of Joensuu, Finland, Docent in Applied Linguistics at the University of Oulu, Finland, and Docent in Sociolinguistics at Tampere University, Finland, is an Australian who has now resided in Finland for 15 years. His fields of expertise include Linguistic Stylistics and Language Contact studies. He is personally responsible for having compiled the Finnish Australian English Corpus (FAEC), which contains over 120 interviews conducted with Finnish immigrants in Australia. Pekka Hirvonen, Ph.D., Professor of English at the University of Joensuu, Finland, has earned all his academic degrees at the University of Turku, M.A. in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1974. His research career has evolved from language testing to second language acquisition and on to language contact, bilingualism, language maintenance and language shift, focusing on the language contact situation of Finnish Americans.


Title: Finno-Ugric Language Contacts