UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Dr Riitta Valijarvi and colleagues awarded Swedish Research Council grant

8 December 2023

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Rogier Blokland (Uppsala University) and Riitta Valijärvi (UCL, Uppsala University) in collaboration with Elina Kangas (The Swedish Institute for Language and Folklore), have been awarded a four-year grant (£500,000) by the Swedish Research Council 2024-2027. The project is called "Meänkieli: Spoken Corpus and Descriptive Grammar" and involves the creation of an annotated corpus with spoken data and a comprehensive descriptive grammar that can be used to revitalise and standardise this endangered and minoritised language. Meänkieli is spoken by 20,000-50,000 people in Northern Sweden. It is closely related to Finnish and Kven.