30946 - Finnish Language and Linguistics 1

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Foreign Languages and Literature (cod. 0979)

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will know the foundations of Finnish pronunciation and grammar and be able to use and understand short and simply structured Finnish expressions that concern some of the most common everyday situations.

Course contents

Finnish language and linguistics 1

Introduction to the study of Finnish language and the development of the pragmatic and sociolinguistic competence in Finnish. Fundamentals of phonetics, morphology, lexicology and syntax. Consonant gradation, vowel harmony, grammatical and local cases, object, simple sentence, questions, negative forms. Prepositions. Communication in easy everyday situations and basic writing skills.

Finnish language and linguistics 2

Perfection of pronunciation. Acquisition of morpho-syntactical structures in different areas: the case forms of object, tenses, infinitives, declension types for nouns and adjectives, comparison of adjectives, personal, relative and possessive pronouns. Numerals. Widening of vocabulary and practice.

Finnish language and linguistics 3

Widening of the knowledge and use of language in advanced level. Passive voice, the moods of verbs, marginal cases. History of the language. Colloquial language. Translation from Finnish to Italian.Part of the frontal lessons will be in Finnish.


Finnish language and linguistics 1

Gehring, Sonja e Heinzmann, Sanni, Suomen mestari 1, Helsinki, Finn Lectura, 2012.

Karlsson, Fred, Grammatica finlandese. Fonologia, morfologia, cenni di sintassi, Milano, Hoepli, 2010.


Finnish language and linguistics 2

Gehring, Sonja e Heinzmann, Sanni, Suomen mestari 2, Helsinki, Finn Lectura, 2012.

Karlsson, Fred, Grammatica finlandese. Fonologia, morfologia, cenni di sintassi, Milano, Hoepli, 2013.

Finnish language and linguistics 3

Gehring, Sonja - Heinzmann, Sanni - Päivärinne, Sari - Udd, Taija, Suomen mestari 3, Helsinki, Finn Lectura, 2012.

Karlsson, Fred, Grammatica finlandese. Fonologia, morfologia, cenni di sintassi, Milano, Hoepli, 2013.

Useful readings and dictionaries:

White, Leila, Suomen kielioppia ulkomaalaisille, Helsinki, Finn Lectura, 2001.

Sessa, Delfina, “Esperienze di traduzione della prosa finlandese in italiano”, in Loikala, Paula (a cura di), Lingua, cultura e letteratura finlandese in Italia, Bologna, Gedit, 2005.

Loikala, Paula e Martin, Sanna Maria, Repertorio dei verbi finlandesi, Bologna, Gedit, 2007.

Hämäläinen, Aira, Finlandese compatto. Dizionario Finlandese-Italiano Italia-Suomi sanakirja. Bologna, Zanichelli, 2010.

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures by the teacher, practical and participatory language exercises on all language skills in presence and online.

Assessment methods

The assessment of knowledge and language skills acquired by the students is divided into two different phases, one of an oral and the other of a written character, placed in reciprocal diachrony. The written exam is a prerequisite for access to the oral test.

The exam is designed to test the effective acquisition of language skills, such as reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing and speaking skills, at the basic level A1-B2 according to the parameters set by the European Council, as well as the meta-linguistic and translational skills conveyed during the lessons.

The written test is aimed at assessing writing skills. It consists of a grammar test and a written comprehension test. The written exam is a prerequisite for admission to the oral exam; a minimum score of 18/30 is required for suitability.

The oral test is aimed at assessing comprehension and production skills. It consists of the reading and the linguistic commentary of a text. Students must demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge assimilated during the course.

Both tests will be structured on the basis of the topics treated in the lectures and in the bibliography.

The final grade will consist of the average of the votes of the written and oral examinations. A thorough and wide knowledge of the topics covered and the mastery of linguistic expression will be assessed as excellent (28-30), while a more mechanical and/or mnemonic capacity of synthesis, non-articulated analysis skills and correct but not always appropriate language use will be evaluated as positive but not with a high grade (23-27). Fragmentary and superficial knowledge of the topics treated, a scarce analytical and expressive ability will be rewarded with a pass mark or just above a pass mark (18-22). Learning gaps, failure in analysis and non-appropriate language will be negatively evaluated.

Teaching tools

Audiovisual support and online materials will be used. The acquisition of linguistic skills may be supplemented in e-learning. Please consult also the teacher's web page https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/sannamaria.martin/en for further communications on the course activities.


Office hours

See the website of Sanna Maria Martin


Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.