Research interests

Åsa Palviainen (formerly Nordqvist) is a Professor in Swedish at Department of Languages at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Palviainen earned her PhD degree in General linguistics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2001 and moved to Finland in 2003. Her doctoral dissertation was about children’s early language acquisition and language development in speech and writing. She has also conducted research on the language development of deaf children with cochlear implants. Her current research interests include multlilingual family language practices (as part of the research field family language policy); discourse analytical and sociolinguistic approaches to early bi- and multilingualism; L2 teaching and learning (especially Swedish as a foreign/other national language in Finland); language policy issues and discourses (especially on the status of Swedish in the Finnish educational system and on bilingualism); language policies and practices in Early Childhood Education and Care; and writing processes in L1 and L2.

Inaugural lecture (12 December, 2012): Svenskan i ett föränderligt och flerspråkigt samhälle (Swedish in a changing and multilingual society; the speech is mostly in Swedish).

Current research projects

  • Language conceptions and practices in bilingual early childhood (Child2ling) (Finnish Academy 2013-2017), project leader.
  • Tvåspråkig pedagogik i en finskspråkig daghemsgrupp (Bilingual pedagogy in a Finnish-medium preschool classroom) 2012– (The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland 2013-2016), joint project leadership with PhD Karita Mård-Miettinen.

Finished research projects

  • Paths in Second Language Acquisition (Topling) (Finnish Academy 2010-2013), Project leader: Maisa Martin.