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Negation in Uralic languages


The Uralic language family is known for its negative auxiliary verbs, but the negation systems of the Uralic languages are interesting in many other ways as well. All types of negative markers -- negative verbs, particles, affixes -- are found, and negation interacts in intricate ways with phenomena such as focus, quantifiers, word order, case marking, tense, mood and aspect. These issues have not been systematically explored in the Uralic languages.

     We are organizing events to bring together scholars working on negation in Uralic languages and/or in a typological perspective. The goal is to reach a more systematic and typologically informed picture of negation in Uralic and to publish the results of our study in a volume. We discuss any aspects of negation in Uralic languages. The main focus is on the description and analysis of the systems of negation in these languages, especially from a typological perspective, but we are open to all theoretical approaches. We have encouraged the contributors to the volume to take one of the following viewpoints:

  • The description/analysis of the system of negation in one (or more) Uralic languages
  • The description/analysis of a particular negation-related phenomenon (e.g. negation of a specific clause type, negative polarity, interaction between negation and case/TAM etc.) in several Uralic languages or across the whole Uralic family.
  • Typology (or other theoretical approaches) and Uralic languages: what the Uralic data can contribute to our understanding of negation or what typology (or other theoretical approaches) can contribute to our understanding of negation in Uralic. 

Our events take place as symposia or satellites of other Uralic conferences, or independently. The front page of this workspace presents the information on the upcoming or most recent event. Here are the links to the previous ones: Negation in Uralic Languages, the 11th International Congress of Finno-Ugric Studies (CIFU11) in Piliscsaba, Hungary, August 9-14, 2010 (abstractsprogramme); Workshop on negation, Central European university, Department of Cognitive Science, April 21, 2011, Workshop in StockholmNovember 24-25, 2011.


The advertisement for the volume is online:



Link to the book launch Oct. 27, 2015






  • Matti Miestamo <matti.miestamo_AT_ling.su.se>
  • Anne Tamm <Tamm.Anne_AT_kre.hu>
  • Be├íta Wagner-Nagy <beata.wagner-nagy_AT_uni-hamburg.de> 



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