The 7th World Congress of the Finno-Ugric Peoples took place last week in Lahti. The World Congress unites the Finno-Ugric and Samoyed peoples at a joint forum, aiming to discuss the issues dealing with the preservation and reviving of the languages and cultures of these peoples, as well as issues concerning the rights of indigenous and minority peoples.
The past two days were spent at the premises of Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies, where I participated the Big Data Approaches to Intellectual and Linguistic History Symposium. In this blog entry, I will grasp briefly some discussed topics.
From time to time, we have invited the researchers of Uralic languages to share their views on the material that is made available at our Fenno-Ugrica collection. This time, Mrs.Sirkka Saarinen, the professor of Finno-Ugric languages at the University of Turku is giving her outlook to the recently published books in Udmurt language.
During last week, we released the monographs in Nenets and Selkup available in our Fenno-Ugrica collection. Sven-Erik Soosaar, a researcher of Tundra Nenets at the Institute of the Estonian Language (EKI) gives us a brief overview to this material and discusses the status of Samoyedic languages, which are at the edge of extinction, or have already perished.
Last week, we did attended in the DATeCH2014 conference and Digitisation Days in Madrid. As we (the staff of DPKL) had a focus on the more technical issues, our fellow from Kirjallisuuspankki (The Bank of Finnish Literature), Anna Biström, shares her views on the event from a researcher’s point of view.