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Sirkka
Saarinen
Finnish Language and Finno-Ugric Languages
prof. emer.

Areas of expertise

Finno-Ugric languages
lexicology and lexicography
Mari, Mordvin and Udmurt morphosyntax
language of folklore
history of research

Biography

Doctor of Philosophy in Finno-Ugric Languages, University of Turku 1991. Since 1998, I have worked as a professor of Finno-Ugric Languages at the University of Turku. 1981 to 1997, I was a senior researcher (lexicographer) at the Research Centre for the Languages of Finland (now: Institute for the Languages of Finland). 1992 to 1998, I acted as Docent in Finno-Ugric Languages and Cultures at the University of Turku.

Teaching

Structure of Finno-Ugric languages; Mari, Mordvin, Komi, Udmurt, Northern Saami; lexicology; folklore of the Finno-Ugric peoples

Research

I have studied vocabulary in the languages of the Volga region and compiled (together with native scholars) the Udmurt-Finnish (2008) and Finnish-Udmurt (2013) dictionaries. I have edited and published old Mari manuscripts (Timofej Jevsevjevs Folklore-Sammlungen aus dem Tscheremissischen I–IV, 1983, 1989, 1992, 1994) and (together with Arto Moisio) a dialect dictionary of Mari (Tscheremissisches Wörterbuch, 2008). I have worked as editor-in-chief of the journals Finnisch-Ugrische Forschungen (2001–2018) and Sananjalka (1998–2015). My articles deal with, inter alia, history of Finno-Ugristics, situation of Finno-Ugric minority languages, language of folklore, morphosyntax of the FU languages in the Volga region.

I am head of the Research Unit for Volgaic Languages.

Publications

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Uralic typology in the light of a new comprehensive dataset (2022)

Journal of Uralic Linguistics
Norvik Miina, Yingqi JIng, Dunn Michael, Forkel Robert, Honkola Terhi, Klumpp Gerson, Kowalik Richard, Metslang Helle, Pajusalu Karl, Piha Minerva, Saar Eva, Saarinen Sirkka, Vesakoski Outi
(Vertaisarvioitu katsausartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A2))

Mari (2022)

Saarinen Sirkka
(Vertaisarvioitu artikkeli kokoomateoksessa (A3))

Mari (2022)

Saarinen Sirkka
(Vertaisarvioitu artikkeli kokoomateoksessa (A3))

Zoja Zorina 1946–2020 (2021)

Finnisch-Ugrische Forschungen
Saarinen Sirkka
(Kirjoitus tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (B1))

Nikolaj Isanbaev 1929–2020 (2021)

Finnisch-Ugrische Forschungen
Saarinen Sirkka
(Kirjoitus tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (B1))

Kirsti Siitonen (1951–2020) (2020)

Sananjalka
Hanna Jokela, Tommi Kurki, Sirkka Saarinen
(Kirjoitus tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (B1))