06.05.2010

Annika Pasanen

I’m a Ph.D. student at University of Helsinki, Department of Finno-Ugrian Studies. I live in Inari, one of the municipalities of  Finnish Saamiland, and I work as a project coordinator in two  projects related to revitalization of endangered Finno-Ugrian  languages.

My research concerns revitalization of Inari Saami language. Inari Saami is spoken by approximately 350 people and it has been effectively revitalized since 1997, when two Inari Saami language nests were founded. Main issues of my doctoral thesis are reversal language shift at individual and societal level and language attitudes of the speech community. I’m ethnically Finn, I speak Inari Saami fluently and have two small children, who have  learnt Inari Saami in language nest.