Tomsk State Pedagogical University is the oldest professional establishment for training teachers in Siberia. It was opened on the basis of Tomsk Institute of teachers more than 100 years ago, in 1902. Foreign Languages Department opened in 1939 was among the first five departments of the University. Since that time the faculty had two major priorities in its development: training of qualified teaching staff for teaching foreign languages at schools and universities, and scientific investigations in linguistics and methodology of teaching of foreign languages. For more information: www.tspu.edu.ru.
The Department (formerly a Laboratory) of Siberian Indigenous Languages. Founded by Prof. A.P Dulson over 50 years ago, it makes a strong accent on the study of languages and cultures of indigenous peoples of Siberia. The Laboratory of Indigenous Languages of Siberia received official organizational status in 1991 on the basis of professor A.Dulson`s project at Tomsk State Pedagogical Institute.
Today, the Departments archives boast 187 volumes of field notes, extended lexicological, toponymical, and ethnographical database. Its research projects focus on the indigenous languages and cultures of western Siberia. The applied projects of these research facility aim to produce reference and pedagogical materials: grammars, dictionaries, phrase- and ABC-books, and other educational complexes for aboriginal peoples in local north-western Siberian communities.
The territory of Siberia, populated by various aboriginal and European nationalities is, and has been for extended time, an arena of intensive linguistic and cultural contact. At least 4 groups live here for certain: Turkic (Tatar, Chulym Turks), Samoyedic (Selkup, Nenets), Finno-Ugric (Khanty, Mansi) and Paleo-Asiatic (Ket, Yugh). Their ties and interrelations during a considerable period of time, the mixture of dialects, toponymy represent exceptional interest for the science of linguistics and cultural anthropology. The Departments' research staff investigated and documented the languages and cultures of indigenous communities local to Siberia, including Chulym Turkic, Kets, Selkups, Khanty, Mansi, Nganasan, Dolgan, Shor, Evenki. Except Evenki, Shor, Khanty, and Mansi, these languages have no orthography. They refer to the so-called endangered and moribund languages, and therefore any material that is documented and recorded is of great value.
The lexicological collection of Siberian languages is particularly important for approaching the problem of the origin, evolution and contact of ethnoses, languages and cultures, diffusion, phylogenesis, etc. The collection of such materials has been done with an aim of descriptive and comparative typological investigations.
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