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Freiburg Research Group in Saami Studies (Archive)

A record of previous projects and activities carried out by the Freiburg Research Group in Saami Studies and its predecessors at the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Freiburg

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Contact

Address

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Skandinavisches Seminar
Platz der Universität 3
D-79098 Freiburg

Office location

Belfortstr. 16, 3rd floor, room 3005

Telephone

+49(0)761/203-3219

E-mail

michael.riessler@skandinavistik.uni-freiburg.de
joshua.wilbur@skandinavistik.uni-freiburg.de

Former members

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  • Niko Partanen, M.A. (affiliated PhD student [University of Helsinki])
  • Lena Terhart, M.A. (affiliated PhD student [University of Flensburg])
  • Evgenia Zhivotova, M.A. (affiliated PhD student [University of Leipzig])
  • Iris Perkmann (graduate student assistent)
  • Hanna Thiele, M.A. (PhD student [HPSL scholarship] 2014–2017)
  • Dorit Jackermeier (student assistant)
  • Kateryna Olyzko (student assistant)
  • Nadia Dobrodeyeva (student assistant)
  • Maryna Litvak (student assistant)
  • Anna-Sophia Mäder (student assistent)
  • Olesya Polevaya (graduate assistant)

Past projects

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Past Events

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Saami Research Seminar

Workshops and Conferences

2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
  • FRIAS Junior Researcher Conference: Applying Documentary Linguistics, 22nd–23rd November 2013, Freiburg
    • funded by: FRIAS (EUR 8.000)
    • Project leaders (organizers): Michael Rießler and Joshua Wilbur
2012

Winter School

2010

Guest Lectures

2014
2014

Public relations

2017
2016
  • Die Saamen: Das indigene Volk des hohen Nordens (The Saami: the indigenous people of the far north); presentation for the general public at the Stuttgarter Buchwochen, Joshua Wilbur, 27 November 2016
  • Expert in the spotlight, Mercator webpage featuring Michael Rießler at the "ask the expert-section" for July/August 2016
  • "Vilken framtid har pitesamiskan?" (What does the future hold for the Pite Saami language?), Interview with several Pite Saami speakers and with Joshua Wilbur (starting at 5m06s) Swedish Saami Radio 1 January 2016
2015
2014
2013

Past Presentations

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2017
  • Michael Rießler: "Data management, corpus building, archiving in Freiburg-based language documentation projects", CLARIN-D F-AG 3 Workshop, 5 October 2017, Hamburg
  • Michael Rießler: "NLP in endangered language documentation: Building and investigating corpora for under-resourced languages of the Barents Sea region", Workshop: OV to VO, VO to OV, 23-24 June 2017, Bielefeld
  • Michael Rießler: "NLP in endangered language documentation: Building and investigating corpora for under-resourced languages of the Barents Sea region", HUMSS Colloquium, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, 12 June 2017, Freiburg
  • Michael Rießler [with Nikolay Hakimov]: "Fusion outside the clause: The case of vernacular Kildin Saami", Conference: Contact-Driven Multilingual Practices, 1–2 June 2017, Helsinki
  • Michael Rießler: "Technology in Endangered Language Documentation and Description", Conference: Travaux de terrains anthropologiques et linguistiques: expériences et difficultés, 18-20 May 2017, Paris
  • Michael Rießler [with Mervi de Heer, Terhi Honkola, Unni-Päivä Leino, Kaj Syrjänen, Outi Vesakoski]: "Basic vocabulary and the phylogenetic approach to the study of Uralic language history", Conference: Contextualizing Historical Lexicology, 15-17 May 2017, Helsinki
  • Niko Partanen: "OCR", International Scientific Conference Electronic Writing of RF Peoples: History, Issues, and Perspectives, 16-17 March 2017, Syktyvkar, Komi Republic, Russia
  • Michael Rießler: "Language Documentation meets Language Technology", International Scientific Conference Electronic Writing of RF Peoples: History, Issues, and Perspectives, 16-17 March 2017, Syktyvkar, Komi Republic, Russia
  • Joshua Wilbur: "The Pite Saami lexicographic backbone", International Scientific Conference Electronic Writing of RF Peoples: History, Issues, and Perspectives, 16-17 March 2017, Syktyvkar, Komi Republic, Russia
  • Michael Rießler: "Kildin Saami: News from the documentation and description of a severely endangered Uralic language", Guest lecture, 30 January 2017, Munich
  • Michael Rießler [with Nikolay Hakimov]: "Fusion outside the clause: The case of vernacular Kildin Saami", Conference: From Language Mixing to Fused Lects, 25-27 January 2017, Freiburg
  • Michael Rießler, Niko Partanen [with Ciprian Gerstenberger]: "Instant annotations: Applying NLP methods to the annotation of spoken language documentation corpora" (Poster), Third International Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Uralic languages, 23 January 2017, St. Petersburg
  • Michael Rießler: "From Lappology to Indigenous (Saami) Studies: History of ideas and history of research", Conference: Indigeneity in the Arctic: Local and Global Experiences, 19–20 January 2017, Helsinki
2016
  • Michael Rießler: "News from the documentation and description of a severely endangered Uralic language", Conference: Documentation, Standardization and Teaching of Endangered Languages in Northern Eurasia, 25-26 November 2016, Murmansk
  • Michael Rießler: "Kildin Saami: News from the documentation and description of a severely endangered Uralic language", Guest lecture, 16 December 2016, Helsinki
  • Michael Rießler: "Saami languages and literatures in Russia", Conference: Journées Sames, 18–19 November 2016, Paris
  • Michael Rießler: "Language documentation meets language technology (Building Saamic and Permic speech corpora)", Guest lecture, 11 November 2016, Tartu
  • Michael Rießler: "Kildin Saami: News from the documentation and description of a severely endangered Uralic language", Guest lecture, 10 November 2016, Tartu
  • Michael Rießler: "Utilizing open FST technology for the documentation and description of endangered northern Eurasian languages (Language documentation meets NLP)", INEL Kickoff-Workshop, 3-4 November 2016, Hamburg
  • Michael Rießler: "Kildin Saami: News from the documentation and description of a severely endangered Uralic language", Guest lecture, 24 October 2016, Paris
  • Michael Rießler: "Language documentation meets language technology", Guest lecture, 19 October 2016, Paris
  • Joshua Wilbur: "Pitesamiskt ordboksarbete: på papper och på skärm", Samisk språk - fortid og nåtid, 29 October 2016, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo, Norway
  • Joshua Wilbur: "Pitesamisk ordbok samt stavningsregler", Samiska kulturveckan, 3 October 2016, Arjepog, Sweden
  • Michael Rießler [with Rogier Blokland]: "Typology and evolution of palatal and palatalised consonants in the languages of northeastern European Russia", 49th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, 31 August-3 September 2016, University of Naples Federico II, Naples
  • Michael Rießler [with Anja Harder]: "Towards a universal ontology of noun phrase types in Uralic and other languages", Workshop on Typology of Uralic Languages: Towards Better Comparability, 49th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, 31 August-3 September 2016, University of Naples Federico II, Naples
  • Michael Rießler [with Mervi de Heer, Terhi Honkola, Jenni Leppänen, Timo Rantanen, Outi Vesakoski]: "BEDLAN: Language data revealing human (pre)history", Workshop 'Archeogenetics in the Archipelago', 1-5 August 2016, Archipelago Research Institute of the University of Turku, Seili
  • Michael Rießler: A survey of Kildin Saami literacy practices, Workshop on Endangered Languages and Endangered Literatures, 11 July 2016, Universität Bielefeld
  • Joshua Wilbur: "Towards a Pite Saami lexicography: Creating a dictionary from a community-driven wordlist", Dictionary Journal Workshop, 9 April 2016, Institute for Linguistics, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Joshua Wilbur: "Bidumsáme Báhkogirrje: Challenges and Opportunities in Producing Pite Saami Lexicographic Materials" Aktasne - Together: New concepts, theories and methodologies on Sami studies II 9-11 March 2016, Umeå universitet
  • Michael Rießler [with Julia Reitze]: "Methods of Saami Language Documentation in Theory and Practice (Work with Legacy Data from the Extinct Neiden Dialect of Skolt Saami)" Aktasne - Together: New concepts, theories and methodologies on Sami studies II 9-11 March 2016, Umeå universitet
  • Michael Rießler [with Rogier Blokland]: "Population contacts in the light of loanwords in easternmost and southernmost Saami". The Fennoscandian and Finno-Ugric past in the light of genes, languages and cultures, 10-11 February 2016, University of Turku
2015
  • Michael Rießler: "News from Saami Language Documentation". Guest lecture at the University of Oulu, 10 December 2015
  • Michael Rießler, Joshua Wilbur: Oral History Meets Linguistics, 3-4 December 2015, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Michael Rießler: "News from Saami Language Documentation". Guest lecture at the University of Helsinki, 6 November 2015
  • Niko Partanen, Michael Rießler, Hanna Thiele: "Exploring constituent order variation in selected languages of the Barents Sea area" Transalpine Typology Meeting, 8-9 October 2015, University of Lyon
  • Michael Rießler, Niko Partanen, Joshua Wilbur [with Rogier Blokland]: "A critical evaluation of past, current and future approaches in Uralic language documentation" Congressus XII Internationalis Fenno-Ugristarum, 17-21 August 2015, Oulun yliopisto
  • Michael Rießler: "Knowledge and Imagination in Human Zoo Parks. Saami Studies carried out during Ethnological Expositions in Central Europe" Geographies of Knowledge and Imagination, 11–12 June 2015, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Joshua Wilbur: "Searching for Pite Saami: Language endangerment and documentary linguistics" Guest lecture at UWC Robert Bosch College, 14 April 2015, Freiburg
  • Niko Partanen, Michael Rießler, Evgeniya Zhivotova: "Kildin Saami documentary sociolinguistics: Investigations on the variation and change in function words" Diversity Linguistics: Retrospect and Prospect, 1–5 May 2015, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
  • Joshua Wilbur: "Saving Pite Saami? a Case Study in Language Endangerment and Revitalization" Guest lecture at département d'Etudes Scandinaves, 9 April 2015, Université de Strasbourg
  • Niko Partanen, Michael Rießler, Joshua Wilbur [with Rogier Blokland, Ciprian Gerstenberger, Marina Fedina]: "Language documentation meets language technology (Tutorial)" First International Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Uralic Languages, 16 January 2015, Norges Arktiske Universität, Tromsø
2014
  • Hanna Thiele [with Geoffrey Haig]: "Post-predicate goals in Northern Kurdish and neighbouring languages: A pilot study in quantitative areal linguistics" 2nd International Conference on Variation and Change in Kurdish, 8–10 October 2014, Mardin Artuklu University
  • Joshua Wilbur: "Språkdokumentation och det pitesamiska språket", 5 October 2014, Samiska kulturveckan, Arjepog, Sweden
  • Michael Rießler [with Jyri Lehtinen (Helsinki), Outi Vesakoski (Turku)]: "Modeling the linguistic diversification of Finno-Saamic languages" 47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, 11–14 September 2014, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań.
  • Michael Rießler: "Dokumentationslingvistik inom nordisk dialektologi" (introduktion till workshopen), Tionde nordiska dialektologkonferensen in Mariehamn/Åland, 20.–23. August 2014
  • Joshua Wilbur: "Nordisk dialektologi och samisk språkdokumentation: Icke-nordiska språkmaterial som källa för nordisk dialektologi" Tionde nordiska dialektologkonferensen in Mariehamn/Åland, 20.–23. August 2014
  • Michael Rießler: "Saami Studies at European universities since 1850", Building the North with Words, Strasbourg, 5.–6. June 2014
  • Michael Rießler: "Saamische Sprachen und Sprachenpolitik in Nordeuropa" SLI, Freiburg, 27 January 2014.
2013
2012
  • Michael Rießler: "Lineare und nicht-lineare Morphologie im Kildinsaamischen (Uralisch)" Gastvortrag im Linguistischen Projektkolloquium, Seminar für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Zürich, 26. Oktober 2012
  • Michael Rießler: "Digital infrastruktur og språkteknologi for skoltesamer i tre land" Nuõrttsääʹmǩiõl da kulttuur konferenss, Inari, 14.–15. Juni 2012.
  • Michael Rießler: "Documentary linguistics meets language technology" Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, 17. Mai 2012.
  • Joshua Wilbur: "Pite Saami under Swedish Rule(s): Bilingualism and contact-induced change in an endangered minority language". 11th International Conference of Nordic & General Linguistics, Universität-Freiburg, 19. April 2012
  • Michael Rießler: "Skoltesamisk språk og revitaliseringen i tre land" Finnmark Internasjonale Litteraturfestival, Tur til Neiden, 3. März 2012.

Past Publications

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2016
2015
  • Niko Partanen, Michael Rießler, Joshua Wilbur [with Rogier Blokland, Ciprian Gerstenberger, Marina Fedina]: "Language documentation meets language technology" First International Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Uralic Languages. Proceedings of the Workshop (Septentrio Conference Series, 2), ed by Tommi A. Pirinen, Francis M. Tyers, Trond Trosterud. Tromsø: The University Library of Tromsø. 8-18.
  • Michael Rießler: Vom Matthäusevangelium zur Wikipedia: Medien für das bedrohte Kildinsaamische. Medien für Minderheitensprachen (Freiburger Romanistische Arbeiten), ed. by María Alba Niño and Rolf Kailuweit. Wien: Rombach, 2015. 127-158
  • Michael Rießler [ed. with Heiko F. Martin, Janne Saarikivi, Reetta Toivanen]: Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in the Russian Federation and the European Union (Multilingual Education 13), Berlin: Springer, 2015
  • Michael Rießler [with Florian Siegl (Helsinki)]. Uneven steps to literacy – The history of the Dolgan, Forest Enets and Kola Saami literary languages. Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in the Russian Federation and the European Union (Multilingual Education 13), ed. by Heiko F. Martin, Michael Rießler, Janne Saarikivi and Reetta Toivanen. Berlin: Springer, 2015
  • Joshua Wilbur, 2015. “Pitesamisk språk - en introduksjon”. In Pitesamiske stedsnavn i Salten, L.M.Skarvik (ed). Drag: Báhko forlag.
2014
2013
2012
  • Michael Rießler [mit Jurij Kusmenko]: К вопросу о твердых, мягких и полумягких согласных в кольскосаамском. Acta Fenno-Lapponica Petropolitana (Труды Института лингвистических исследований РАН; 8:1), ред. Н. В. Кузнецова, В. С. Кулешов & М. З. Муслимов. С.-Петербург: Наука. 2012. 20–41 PDF (gesamter Sammelband) 9.1MB
2011
  • Joshua Wilbur [mit Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi]: The current state of the Pite Saami language: sociological and linguistic factors. Nordic Journal of Linguistics 34. 295-329.
  • Joshua Wilbur: Think Globally, Archive Locally: Opportunities and Challenges in Working with Local Archiving Institutions. Proceedings of the Workshop on Language Documentation and Archiving, ed. by David Nathan. London: School of Oriental and African Studies. 51-58.
  • Michael Rießler [mit Rogier Blokland]: Saami-Russian-Komi contacts on the Kola Peninsula. Language contact in times of globalization, ed by Cornelius Hasselblatt et al. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 5-26.

Past Teaching

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SoSe 2016
WiSe 2015/16
6-11 July 2016
SoSe 2015
  • VORLESUNG (Michael Rießler): Nordgermanisch, Ostslawisch, Ostseefinnisch, Saamisch (Grammatische Strukturen nordeuropäischer Sprachen kontrastiv)
9–14 February 2015
WiSe 2014/15
SoSe 2014
  • PROSEMINAR (Joshua Wilbur): Einführung in die Morphologie anhand der Sprachen Nordeuropas
WiSe 2013/14
SoSe 2013
WiSe 2012/13
SoSe 2011
  • SPRACHKURS (Michael Rießler): Grundkurs Nordsaamisch II
WiSe 2010/11
  • SPRACHKURS (Michael Rießler): Grundkurs Nordsaamisch I
  • PROSEMINAR (Michael Rießler): Kontrastive Linguistik - Schwedisch, Nordsaamisch, Finnisch
SoSe 2010
  • ÜBUNG (Michael Rießler): Nordsaamisch für Anfänger
  • PROSEMINAR (Michael Rießler): Linguistische Strukturen des Nordsaamischen
  • PROSEMINAR (Michael Rießler): Dokumentationslinguistik
WiSe 2009/10
SoSe 2009
  • HAUPTSEMINAR (Michael Rießler): Sprachen und Sprachkontakte im nördlichen Fennoskandien

Supervision of students

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PhD Theses

2014–2017 (not finished)
  • Hanna Thiele: Dissertation project (working title) "A Corpus-based microtypology of word order in varieties of Saami and Kurdish" (supervised by Michael Rießler)

Masters Theses

2015
  • Nadia Dobrodeyeva: M.A. thesis on discourse particles in Komi-Russian language contact (supervised by Michael Rießler)
  • Marie Ohm: MA thesis "Preglottalization and Glottal Stop in Danish and English Dialects: Typology and Evolution"student (supervised by Michael Rießler)
  • Miriam Hecker: MA thesis "Relativsatzkonstruktionen im Pitesaamischen. Eine korpusbasierte Untersuchung" (supervised by Joshua Wilbur [second supervisor])
  • Julia Reitze: MA thesis "Grundwortstellung und Satzverknüpfung im skoltsaamischen – Eine korpusbasierte Untersuchung" (supervised by Michael Rießler)
2013
  • Mirko Tietgen (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): M.A. thesis "Lexikographie bedrohter Sprachen am Beispiel des Kolasaamischen" (supervised by Michael Rießler [second supervisor])

Bachelor Theses

2015
  • Lisa Bölzner: B.A. thesis on contrastive German-Swedish phraseology (supervised by Michael Rießler)
  • Hanna Burkhardt: B.A. thesis on the morphology of recent English loan words in Swedish (supervised by Joshua Wilbur)
  • Lilli Oksanen: B.A. thesis on the status and future of Swedish in Finland (supervised by Michael Rießler)
  • Julia Böhringer: B.A. thesis on inflectional classes for Swedish nouns (supervised by Joshua Wilbur)
  • Christina Davril: B.A. thesis "Die morphologische Kategorie 'Genus' in nordnorwegischen Dialekten" (supervised by Michael Rießler)
  • Anke Kleiser: B.A. thesis "Saamische Fremd- und Lehnwörter im Norwegischen?" (supervised by Michael Rießler)
  • Johanna Nickel: B.A. thesis on morphology in Arjeplog dialect (supervised by Joshua Wilbur)
  • Jonas Weber: B.A. thesis on the phonological status of /r/ in southern Swedish dialects (supervised by Joshua Wilbur)
2014
  • Regina Grasberger: B.A. thesis "Code-Switching im Pitesaamischen" (supervised by Joshua Wilbur)
  • Annika Hartwig: B.A. thesis "Sollte Älvdalisch, wie Meänkieli, als eine regionale Minderheitensprache in Schweden anerkannt werden?" (supervised by Michael Rießler)
  • Thomas Schleider: B.A. thesis "Lexikographie für bedrohte Sprachen – Beispiel Skoltsaamisch" (supervised by Michael Rießler)
  • Teodora Tileva: B.A. thesis "Die reflexiven Possessivpronomen im Schwedischen kontrastiv analysiert" (supervised by Michael Rießler)
2013
  • Richard Kowalik: B.A. thesis "Phonologie der Präaspiration im Südsaamischen" (supervised by Michael Rießler)
2010
  • Mari Eveliina Lång: B.A. thesis "Meänkieli im Kontakt – Der Einfluss des Schwedischen und Saamischen auf die Entstehung einer Varietät" (supervised by Michael Rießler)
2009
  • Xenia Vedutina: B.A. thesis "Konvergenz in der Phonologie, Morphologie und Syntax in den Sprachen Nordeuropas" (supervised by Michael Rießler)

Internships

2015
  • Nadia Dobrodeyeva: Building a speech corpus for the investigation of code-switching between Russian and native languages of the Barents area (supervised by Michael Rießler)
2014
  • Miriam Hecker (Scholarship from Svenska institutet): Digitizing and annotating Pite Saami legacy corpus data (supervised by Joshua Wilbur together with Ola Wennstedt [Umeå])
  • Julia Reitze (Scholarship from Senter for internasjonalisering av utdanning): Digitizing and annotating Skolt Saami legacy corpus data (supervised by Michael Rießler together with Trond Trosterud [Tromsø])
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