Professor of Finnish, Department of Finnish and General Linguistics, University of Turku.
Project leader in “Subject expression in the Finnic languages: Interactional and cognitive perspectives” (funded by the Academy of Finland).
Member of the board for the national Langnet Graduate School in Language Studies.
At the age of 12, I decided to become a linguist. At that time I had no idea what that could mean; I just thought it might be fun. I’ve always been intrigued by grammar and language use. First I looked at these things from the viewpoint of Finnish, but later on I’ve become interested in cross-linguistic research and I’ve tried to develop a wider perspective on language use across languages. I’m currently participating in a cross-linguistic project on subject expression in discourse in collaboration with Robert Englebretson (Rice U), Liina Lindström (Tartu Ülikool), Anneli Sarhimaa (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) and Catherine Travis (U New Mexico).
1988 Lic. Phil. (Finnish language),
(Finnish language & general linguistics),
Department of Finnish,
Research Fellow, Department of Finnish,
Docent, Department of Finnish,
1999–2001 Research Coordinator, Langnet Graduate school in Language Studies
research assistant in various projects,
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Department of Finnish
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