Colloquium "The Grammar of Social Cognition in Uralic"


E-Learning-Kurs mit Nicholas Evans und Danielle Barth (Australian National University), auch als Vorbereitung zur Internationalen Winterschule der Finno-Ugristik im Februar-März 2018 verwendbar.

Dieser e-Learning-Kurs wird von unseren KollegInnen in München organisiert und im Rahmen des INFUSE-Netzwerks angeboten, als Vorbereitung zur Winterschule der Finno-Ugristik (weitere Infos folgen in Kürze) oder selbständig. Die Anrechnung (unter MFi 500 oder MFi 600) bitte mit Mikko Kajander besprechen. Interessensmeldungen an Prof. Laakso (am einfachsten per e-Mail) vor 20.10.2017!


Colloquium „The Grammar of Social Cognition in Uralic"

This colloquium is planned as an e-learning course, standalone or preparatory for the workshop of Nicholas Evans at the Winter School in Vienna (March 2018). Students are invited for participation from all eight partner universities of the INFUSE Strategic Partnership.

The participants will have to gather with the help of the Family Problems Picture Task (cf. San Roque et al. 2012) audiovisual material from native speakers of one of Finno-Ugric languages of their choice (step 1), transcribe the material (step 2), translate and annotate the material in ELAN (step 3) and analyze the data with regard to the core topics of Evans’ project ‘Language and Social Cognition’,  i.e. human reference, reported speech and thought (e.g. direct/indirect speech), private predicates (indicators of the feelings, thoughts and wants of someone that would only be known to that person, i.e. private to their own mind) and benefactives/malefactives (step 4). The students are expected to cooperate both within their language groups (Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian…) and with peers from other groups working on the same topics (human reference, benefactives…). The results will be presented at the Social Cognition workshop in Vienna.

The goals of this colloquium are:

•    to teach students the basics of linguistic research, fostering their skills in applying theoretical knowledge; 

•    to teach them the basics of research organization (tasks distribution, time planning, coordination, compiling of reports) within an international academic network;

•    to increase communication between students from different partner universities/countries.

This colloquium is opened for advanced bachelor students and master students (3 - 6 ECTS credit points depending on the actual work-load; 1 ECTS-credit = 30 study hours). Reading materials will be available on the Moodle platform for all registered participants. Application deadline is on 20.10.2017


October 20 – 31:        building of working groups on concrete languages (Est, Fi, Hu; all other Uralic languages if there are interested students and at least two available informants); election of the group coordinator, choice of the communication modus (e.g. MeisterTask or similar), formulating of the internal timetable;

November                   distribution of tasks, preparation and implementation of video recording

December- January    transcription of the recorded data, translation into English, introduction into the ELAN (teleconference), Christmas vacation

February                     feeding the data into the ELAN, glossing, building of thematic research groups, preliminary analysis, preparation of group presentations for the Vienna workshop


NB: tutorials for ELAN can be found under




Barth, Danielle & Nicholas Evans (eds.). 2017. The Social Cognition Parallax Corpus (SCOPIC). Language Documentation and Conservation Special Publication No. 12. http:/

Barth, Danielle & Nicholas Evans. The social cognition parallax corpus (SCOPIC): design and overview. Language Documentation and Conservation Special Publication No. 12 Social Cognition Parallax Corpus (SCOPIC). Pp. 1-21.  http:/

San Roque, Lila, Lauren Gawne, Darja Hoenigman, Julia C. Miller, Alan Rumsey, Stef Spronck, Alice Carroll & Nicholas Evans. 2012. Getting the story straight: Language fieldwork using a narrative problem-solving task. Language documentation and conservation 6, 135-174.