Early Research

The first known source on Kalix Language is five pages from 1879 in the Kalix church book of 'Nedekalix 1855-1884'. The text was written with a transcribed latin based alphabet, by a student to Johan August Lundell (1851-1940) at Uppsala University, one of the pioneers in dialectology, who also published a printed version in 1881.

The original text is here split up into 7 printable pages with line numbers, making them easy accessible for research purpose: 31A 31B 32A 32B 32C 33A 33B

Photo copies of the whole original pages was made in may 2011: 31 32 33 34 35

Hulda Rutberg

Hulda begins her studies with a 1909 "type wordlist" of Kalix. Later in 1924 her work had formed into a doctoral thesis. The thesis contains some 170 pages with detailed descriptions of the phonetic makeup and the grammar in detail. Download the whole thesis (swe)

Rutberg 1924 Abstract (Résumé)

Phonemes in the thesis are written with Landsmalsalfabetet, Described by Manne Eriksson 1961 (Download, swe). The Kalix Alphabet, used to write the Kalix Language, is based on the International Phonetic Alphabet, which is far more widespread and used today.

Carin Pihl

Pihl dedicated much of her life working on describing the Overkalix language, which differs from Kalix only by some vocal shifts and words in use. Her books are very relevant for anyone studying Kalix, her works in order:
1924, Överkalixmålet i akademisk avhandling
1948, Verben i Överkalixmålet
1958 resp 1959, Livet i det gamla Överkalix 1-2. Skildrat av Överkalixbor på överkalixmål. 1: Fonetisk text. 2: Översättning och kommentar.
1960, Överkalixmål. Ordregister.
1970, Prepositioner och adverb i Överkalixmålet

Ernst Lundbäck

Lundbäck dedicated much of his time investigating Kalix Language. In 1967, he published 8 pages about Kalix Language in the first of a series of Kalix history. "Del 1: Namn och Språk". Later in the 1980's, he made many hours of tape recordings, and in 1992 he founded the Kalix Language community, still active today. Although he left us in 1992, he is still one of our best teachers of Kalix language as Master Ernst, rest in peace.

Karl-Hampus Dahlstedt

Dahlstedt visited Kalix and made tape recordings of Kalix language speech, available at the sound archive at Uppsala and Umeå.

Gunnar Pellijeff

In 1980 and 1984, Pellijeff published his work on names of places all over northern Scandinavia. In his introduction, he mentions that Kalix names was investigated by Ruben Danilsson 1935-1939, by himself in 1938, and by Anna Rönnqvist in 1947-1954. This is by no doubt the richest source available on genuine Kalix place names.
1982 Ortnamnens vittnesbörd. Om finsk bosättning i Kalixbygden
1975 Sanningslandet [i norra delen av Överkalix socken].


Many more has later investigated Kalix language, both professionals and hobbyists. A large community of Kalix Language speakers, who spent a lot of their free time investigating Kalix Language, publishing books, poetry, songs and much more. Many of which are found among the Masters on this web site, are not to forget in this list.