The research project "Widespread Idioms in Europe and Beyond" deals with idioms that share the same lexical and semantic structure across a large number of languages. It is aimed at investigating this phenomenon systematically, for as many languages as possible.

We would like to ask all experts of as many languages as possible for their cooperation.

The following European languages are particularly needed:
  • Indo-European: Armenian; Celtic languages: Cornish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh; Germanic languages: Faroese; Romance languages: Aromanian, Corsican, Friulian, Gascon, Venetian; the Iranian languages on the European side (e.g. Ossetic)
  • most of the Uralic languages: Nenets and many Finno-Ugric languages (e.g. Erzya Mordvin, Komi Permyak, Mansi). Other languages still need substantial support: Karelian, Komi-Zyrian, Mari, Moksha Mordvin, North Sami, Udmurt, Vepsian
  • most of the Altaic languages: Kalmyk and most of the Turkic languages on the European side, e.g. Crimean Tatar, Gagauz, Kazakh, Nogai, Tatar etc.
  • most of the Caucasian languages, i.e. the Abkhaz-Adyge, Nakh-Dagestanian and Kartvelian phyla
Dialects and non-European languages are also welcome.

For questions and any further support please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Elisabeth Piirainen.