Keyword: Finnish Language and Finno-Ugric Languages

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Research at the Research Unit for Volgaic Languages

Our research is focused on the Finno-Ugric languages spoken in the central Volga region in Russia, i.e. on Mari, Mordvin and Udmurt. Our research topics include the structure and history of these languages and their relation with the Turkic languages of the area, especially Tatar and Chuvash. We are working in close collaboration with scholars of the Mari, Mordovia and Udmurt State Universities.

Research Unit for Volgaic Languages

The Research Unit for Volgaic Languages operates under the Department of Finnish Language and Finno-Ugric Languages at the University of Turku. The Research Unit studies the Finno-Ugric languages spoken in the region of the Volga River and Kama River (Erzya, Moksha, Mari and Udmurt) in Russia. In addition, the Turkic languages of the region (Chuvash, Tatar and Bashkir) are studied for comparative purposes. 

Research at the subject of Finnish Language

The ultimate goal of linguistic studies is to find out how language works. The researchers of Finnish and other Finno-Ugric languages are especially interested in questions related to the structure of language, interaction, variation, change, and language learning.