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VIRSU 2010

Finno-Ugric Languages as Target Languages

VIRSU, originally a cooperation project for teachers and researchers of Estonian or Finnish as a foreign language, has expanded its range of languages, and its aim is now to create connections between all linguists working with any of the Finno-Ugric target (foreign or second) languages or the language situations in the countries where Finno-Ugric languages are spoken. (VIRSU homepage maintained by the University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu).)

The symposium VIRSU 2010, organized by Pirkko Muikku-Werner (Joensuu), Annekatrin Kaivapalu (Tallinn), Orsolya Nádor (Budapest) and Johanna Laakso (Vienna), will be part of the 11th International Congress for Finno-Ugric Studies in Piliscsaba, August 2010.

(Call for papers as published in 2007.)

 

Programme (DRAFT: changes withheld!)

Tuesday, August 10, Piliscsaba University Campus (more precise location will be announced later)

9:30 Opening words
9:45–10:15 Keynote: Johanna Laakso: The Finno-Ugric Foundations of Language Teaching (abstract)

CORE QUESTIONS OF (HUNGARIAN) GRAMMAR
10:15–10:45 Péter Durst & Boglárka Janurik (Szeged): The acquisition of the Hungarian definite conjugation by learners of different L1 (abstract)
10:45–11:15 Beatrix Burghardt (Indiana): The acquisition of grammatical aspect: The use of directional prefixes in L2 Hungarian narratives (abstract)

break 15 min

USING A FINNO-UGRIC L2 IN SPEECH AND WRITING
11:30–12:00 Kirsti Siitonen (Turku): What does a Longitudinal Study Reveal of Advanced Finnish Students' Language Proficiency? (abstract)
12:00–12:30 Sisko Brunni (Oulu/Luxemburg): The verb as a phraseological unit (abstract)
12:30–13:00 Marja Seilonen (Jyväskylä/Kuopio): Impersonal expressions in essays of Hungarian and Estonian learners of Finnish (abstract)

lunch break

LEARNING THEORIES AND CORPUS STUDIES
14:00–14:30 Maija Grönholm (Åbo): The Processability Theory and the learning of negation in Finnish (L2) (abstract) (CANCELLED)
14:30–15:00 Jarmo Jantunen (Oulu): ICLFI – a source for non-Indo-European corpus-based learner language research (abstract)
15:00–15:30 Tuija Määttä (Umeå): Corpus-based Analysis of how Swedish-speaking students learning Finnish use the local cases in text production (abstract)
15:30–16:00 Pille Eslon & Annekatrin Kaivapalu (Tallinn): The influence of the related and unrelated first language on the acquisition of Finnish and Estonian: a corpus-based study (abstract)

coffee break

CHOICES, PRACTICES AND POLICIES
16:00–16:30 Hannu Remes (University of Eastern Finland/Joensuu): Finnish and Estonian as foreign languages (abstract)
16:30–17:00 Minna Suni (Jyväskylä): Challenging authority or keeping quiet? Finno-Ugric languages in SLA (abstract)
17:00–17:30 Timothy Riese (Vienna): Perspectives for the Acquisition of "Small" Finno-Ugrian Languages (abstract)

Discussion: Future plans for VIRSU.
Closing words.

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