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Mari Uusküla 


Citizenship: Estonian

Married to Lenno Uusküla


 Research interests

 

Colour terms: colour naming, colour vocabulary, basic colour terms, colour semantics, colour perception, colour categorisation

Comparative lexicology

Lexical semantics, semantic fields (colours, kinship terms, categorisation of nature in folk tradition)

Finno-Ugric languages (Estonian, Hungarian, Finnish), some Slavonic languages (Czech, Russian), Italian

Anthropological linguistics

Psycholinguistics


Education and qualification

 

PhD in Linguistics (Uralic languages), University of Tartu, 2008

Thesis „Basic colour terms in Finno-Ugric and Slavonic languages: Myths and facts“, Committee members Prof. Urmas Sutrop (supervisor, University of Tartu), Prof. Galina V. Paramei (Liverpool Hope University, UK), Prof. Karl Pajusalu (University of Tartu), Prof. Helle Metslang (University of Tartu)

Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy, visitor, 2005–2008

European University Institute, Florence, Italy, visitor, 2005–2008

MA Linguistics (Uralic languages), University of Tartu, 2005

Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary, visiting student, 2001–2002

BA Hungarian Language and Literature cum laude, University of Tartu, 2003


 

Additional courses


Late summer school on linguistic and psycholinguistic methods, Dubrovnik, Croatia 6.-9.10.2013

Late summer school on sociolinguistics, linguistic methodology and dialects, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, one week, 2008

2005-2008 Università degli Studi di Firenze (University of Florence), Italy, courses in general linguistics (Prof. Alberto Nocentini), Italian, Czech (Dania Amici Burato), Bulgarian (Valeria Salvini)

2008 University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2 weeks)

2006 Leipzig Spring School on Linguistic Diversity, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (3 weeks)

2001-2002 Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, exchange student (6 months)

Debrecen Summer School, Debrecen, Hungary, courses on Hungarian language, culture and literature, 13.07-12.08.2000

 

 

Professional experience

 

12.09.2011 Institute of the Estonian Language, Department of Language History and Linguistics, senior researcher, and Department of Finno-Ugric Languages and Dialects, head of department

01.09.2009-31.01.2010 University of Tartu, researcher, course "Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics"

2009-01.02.2010   Institute of the Estonian Language, Department of Linguistics and Language Technology - senior researcher

2008–2009      Institute of the Estonian Language, Department of Linguistics and Language Technology - researcher

2007–2008      Institute of the Estonian Language, Department of Lexicology - researcher

2005-2006      University of Tartu, joint course with Prof. Ago Künnap "More Distant Related Languages and Contacts of Uralic Languages"

2005–2006      Institute of the Estonian Language, Department of Estonian Dialects and Related languages - researcher

2004–2005      Institute of the Estonian Language, Department of Estonian Dialects and Related languages - assistant

2004–2005      Tallinn Language School - Hungarian language teacher



Research grants and projects

2010-2013 Estonian Science Foundation (ESF) grant (8168) "Areal or universal: Basic colour terms in the Baltic Sea, Central European and Mediterranean areas", project leader.

Associates: Geda Paulsen, Kaidi Rätsep, Elena Ryabina, Martin Eessalu, Kelly Parker, Kadrin Karner

2012 Base funding project of the Institute of the Estonian Language "On colour from a different viewpoint: colour verbs and place names"

2009  Base funding project of the Institute of the Estonian Language "Colour names in Estonian and other Finno-Ugric languages", project leader

2008–2009       ESF grant “Estonian as a modelling communicative system: code, translation and history”, investigator

2006–present    ESF grant “Language family tree and some lexico-semantic fields (colours, human)”, principal investigator

2004–2005 Estonian Science Foundation (ESF) grant “Structure of the Estonian Vocabulary”, investigator


International cooperation

2013-2015 Estonian Academy of Sciences joint research grant with Hungarian Academy of Sciences “Sociocultural aspects of linguistic variation in the Estonian and Hungarian language area”, Estonian project leader

2012-      Evolution of Semantic Systems (EoSS) project of the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics (http://www.mpi.nl/eoss), project leaders Asifa Majid, Michael Dunn, and Fiona Jordan, consortium member, Estonian project leader

2011-      Language and Perception network (Trondheim, Norway, project leader Mila Vulchanova), member


Administrative responsibilities

Head of Depatment, Finno-Ugric Languages and Dialects, Institute of the Estonian Language, Tallinn, Estonia, 29.08.2011–30.01.2015

Member of the Board of Institute of the Estonian Language, Tallinn, Estonia, 2011–

Member of Estonian Association for Applied Linguistics, 2008–

Member of Estonian Mother Tongue Society, 2005–

Student representative of the board of Faculty of Philosophy, University of Tartu, Estonia, 2003–2005 

 

Organizational responsibilities

Chair of Organizing Committee, “Colour Language and Colour Categorization” Conference (CLCC), Tallinn, Estonia, 4–7 June, 2013

Chair of Organizing Committee, Workshop “Latest trends in research and development of Finno-Ugric languages” held at the Institute of the Estonian language, Tallinn, 3 December 2012

Chair of Organizing Committee, Workshop “Finno-Ugric lexicology and lexicography” held at the Institute of the Estonian language, Tallinn, 6-7 December 2011

 

Teaching

Field methods in semantics, Department of Estonian and Finno-Ugric linguistics, University of Tartu, Estonia, 2013

Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics, Department of Estonian and General Linguistics, University of Tartu, Estonia, 2009–2010

Anthropological linguistics and Writing systems, Department of Estonian and General Linguistics, University of Tartu, Estonia,  2009 with Prof. Urmas Sutrop

Farther Uralic Languages and Uralic Language Contacts,  Department of Finno-Ugric Languages, Tartu, Estonia, 2004–2005 with Prof. Ago Künnap  

Hungarian language course, Tallinn Language School, Tallinn, Estonia, 2004

 

Supervision of graduate students

Supervision of three completed master’s theses:

Martin Eessalu, 2012,Estonian Elusloodus "Living Nature" – its prototypicality and a construction of an abstract folk taxonomy, University of Tartu

Kaidi Lõhmus, Master's Degree, 2011, Basic colour terms of Estonian and Hungarian children and youngsters, Tallinn University, Estonia

Simona Pranaitytė, Master's Degree, 2010, Basic colour terms in Lithuanian, University of Tartu

 

Supervision of two doctoral students:

Kaidi Rätsep, Language contact and the variability of colour terms in different languages, University of Tartu, Estonia, together with Prof. Urmas Sutrop

Martin Eessalu, Linguistic categorisation in Estonian: prototypicality of some lexical-semantic fields, University of Tartu, with Prof. Urmas Sutrop

 

Supervision of four master’s students

 

Fieldwork experience

I have carried out fieldwork on different European languages:

2009, 2006-2008 Italy, Florence

2007 Czech Republic, Prague and Brno

2005-2006 Finland, Helsinki, Lempäälä, Tuusula, Espoo

2002, 2003 Hungary, in Budapest, Debrecen, Pecs, etc.


Language proficiency

Estonian (native), English (fluent), Italian (fluent), Hungarian (good), Finnish (good), German (good), Russian (sufficient), Czech (sufficient), Latin (reading skills), French (reading skills), Spanish (reading skills), Polish (reading skills)

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