Lehrstuhl für Finnougristik



Online Course on South Saami


The REMODUS Consortium (remodus.univie.ac.at)/Uppsala University will soon be offering an online course on South Saami. Details on the course and the schedule can be found below. Attendance is free of charge, you can apply for a participation slot here: https://forms.gle/jpJ6ci51Q4SfujjR9. For students wishing to receive course credit (3 ECTS), attendance is compulsory; if you do not require course credit, you can attend those lessons that fit into your schedule. You will be informed if you have been accepted on 18 August and receive the Zoom link as well as access to teaching materials.

Course description

In the course, we offer an overview of South Saami, with focus on the language's grammatical structure, but with elements of learning communicative skills as well. South Saami is a small and endangered Uralic language spoken by 500-1000 speakers in Sweden and Norway. It is currently revitalized and its use increases in education and media, which makes South Saami interesting not least from a socio-linguistic perspective. It also represents the western-most Uralic language and the end of the Saamic dialect continuum.

The course will start with an introduction to Saamic languages (taught by Torbjörn Söder and Rogier Blokland) followed by the language course itself (taught by Richard Kowalik). We will cover the main word classes, their inflection and their function, and the main syntactic features of the language. We will train to write and speak in group exercises. There will be two guest lectures on language revitalization and on historical aspects of the language.

Preliminary schedule

Classes are scheduled on the following days at the following times (Central European Summer Time) - deviations from this schedule, should they happen, will be discussed in class and communicated to participants via e-mail.
Monday, 21 August, 10:00-11:30 & 13:00-14:30
Tuesday, 22 August, 10:00-11:30 & 13:00-14:30
Wednesday, 23 August, 10:00-11:30 & 13:00-14:30

Monday, 4 September, 10:00-11:30 & 13:00-14:30
Tuesday, 5 September, 10:00-11:30 & 13:00-14:30
Wednesday, 6 September, 10:00-11:30 & 13:00-14:30

Monday, 18 September, 10:00-11:30 & 13:00-14:30
Tuesday, 19 September, 10:00-11:30 & 13:00-14:30