Mankov Alexander

The dialect of Gammalsvenskby: compiling a dictionary of an unexplored language (kofe — kon-fö́re)

Mankov Alexander (2018) "The dialect of Gammalsvenskby: compiling a dictionary of an unexplored language (kofe — kon-fö́re) ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia III : Filologiia, 2018, vol. 56, pp. 144-149 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturIII201856.144-149


This paper presents new material for the dictionary of the present-day dialect of Staroshvedkoye (Gammalsvenskby), the only Scandinavian dialect in the territory ofthe former Soviet Union. The present-day state of this dialect has not been described in linguistic literature. The only source of data on Gammalsvenskby is fi eldwork with speakers of the dialect. The main objective of this work is to present material recorded in the interviews in the most complete way possible and to describe the state of the vocabulary and infl ection in the dialect. The entries include the following information: type of infl ection; translation; phrases, sentences and short texts illustrating the usage (with initials of the informants). In many cases full paradigms are given as well. They include all phonetic and morphological forms that have occurred in the interviews.


language documentation, documentary linguistics, fi eld linguistics, endangered language, Swedish dialects, Swedish dialects of Estonia, Gammalsvenskby, dialect dictionary


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  3. Mankov Alexander (2013) “Skandinavskii ostrov v slavianskoi iazykovoi srede. Dialekt sela Staroshvedskoe: imia sushchestvitel’noe” [“A Scandinavian Island in a Slavonic Linguistic Environment. The Dialect of Gammalsvenskby: Nouns”] // Slověne. International Journal of Slavic Studies. 2013. Vol. 2 (1). Moscow: Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, pp. 60‒110 (in Russian).
  4. Mankov Alexander (2014) “Dialekt sela Staroshvedskoe: opyt sostavleniia slovaria ischezaiushchego iazyka (a — brist-bäin)” [“The Dialect of Gammalsvenskby: Compiling a Dictionary of an Endangered Language (a — brist-bäin)”]. Vestnik PSTGU. Seriia III: Filologiia. 2014. № 38, pp. 91‒130 (in Russian).

Information about the author

Mankov Alexander

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Philology;
Place of work: St. Tikhon’s University for the Humanities; 6 Likhov Pereulok, Moscow 127051, Russian Federation;
Post: Senior Research Fellow;
ORCID: 0000-0002-5735-0955;
Email: mankov2017@gmail.com.

*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.