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694938P Language Variation and Change, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 694938P  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Language Variation and Change  Abbreviation Language Variat 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline1104 Finnish Language 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Humanities 

Niina Kunnas 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits / 135 hours of work

Language of instruction 



1 st year, period I

Learning outcomes 

Students will be able to display knowledge of the position of Finnish among the Uralic languages, the main characteristics of the areal variation of Finnish and the main features of the development of standard Finnish.


Uralic languages, basics of language history, basics of Finnish dialectology, development of Finnish standard language

Mode of delivery 

Lectures, online material, and literature

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures (24 h) and independent study (111 h)

Target group 

Students of Finnish Language

Recommended optional programme components 

Students should complete the courses Structures of Finnish and Introduction to General Linguistics at the same time with this course.

Recommended or required reading 

Lectures; online reading material;

AND Laakso, Karhunkieli (SKS 1999); AND Häkkinen, Agricolasta nykykieleen (WSOY 1994) (pp. 5–185 and 407–519)

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Assessment methods and criteria 

Formal examination



Person responsible 

Professor Harri Mantila

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

Students of Finnish as a Foreign Language take a separate exam.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Language Variation and Change  Course  Niina Kunnas  15.03.22 -26.04.22

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