Peuronen Saija, yliopistonopettaja / university teacher (työstä vapaalla / on leave of absence)

Peuronen Saija, yliopistonopettaja / university teacher (työstä vapaalla / on leave of absence)
soveltava kielitiede / applied linguistics
F 204

Vanhempainvapaalla / On parental leave 9.6.2018 - 18.4.2019

I work as a university teacher at the Department of Language and Communication Studies. In the spring term 2018 I was responsible for teaching courses in the area of specialization of language specialists.

In my current research I focus on narrative encounters between young asylum seekers and local residents in a small Finnish town. This research endeavor is pursued in a shared project together with Sanna Mustonen, a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Language and Communication Studies. The project, entitled "From Encounters to Dialogue", builds around ethnography across physical and digital contexts, small stories research and the study of linguistic and other semiotic resources with the aim of identifying possibilities for dialogue between individuals with diverse backgrounds.

I finished my PhD studies in January 2017 as part of the Language and Superdiversity: (Dis)identification in Social Media project. In my doctoral dissertation entitled Heteroglossic and Multimodal Resources in Use: Participation across Spaces of Identification in a Christian Lifestyle Sports Community I addressed questions of participation in one specific youth community that is meant for Christian snowboarders in Finland. Data for the study included face-to-face and online discussions, interviews and amateur online videos. The theoretical and methodological framework of the study incorporated sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and ethnography into the micro-level examination of the community members’ use of heteroglossic language use, multimodal performances and discursive construction of different social positionings and voices.

Research areas

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Discourse studies
  • Multilingualism and multimodality
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • (Online) ethnography


  • MONP1001 Kriittinen ajattelu ja tiedontuottaminen
  • MONA1001 Monialainen kieliasiantuntijuus
  • MONS1002 Kieliasiantuntija työssä
  • MONS1003 Diskurssintutkimuksen kysymyksiä ja sovellusaloja


Leppänen, S., S. Peuronen & E. Westinen (2018). Language, superdiversity and social media, in A. Creese & A. Blackledge (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Superdiversity: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Routledge.

Leppänen, S., S. Kytölä, E. Westinen & S. Peuronen (2017). Introduction: Social media discourse, (dis)identifications and diversities, in S. Leppänen, E. Westinen & S. Kytölä (eds.) Social Media Discourse, (Dis)identifications and Diversities. New York: Routledge, 1-35.

Peuronen, S. (2014). Identifications through multimodal design: An analysis of mediated performance of Christian lifestyle sports in online video. In J. Tyrkkö & S. Leppänen (eds.) VARIENG eSeries, volume 15: Texts and Discourses of New Media. Helsinki: University of Helsinki. [online]. http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/series/volumes/15/peuronen/

Leppänen, S., S. Kytölä, H. Jousmäki, S. Peuronen & E. Westinen (2014). Entextualization and resemiotization as resources for identification in social media, in P. Seargeant & C. Tagg (eds.) The Language of Social Media: Identity and Community on the Internet. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 112-136.

Peuronen, S. (2013). Heteroglossia as a resource for reflexive participation in a community of Christian snowboarders in Finland. Journal of Sociolinguistics 17 (3): 297-323.

Leppänen, S. & S. Peuronen (2013). Multilingualism and the Internet, in C.A. Chapelle (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kääntä, L, H. Koskela, S. Leppänen, S. Peuronen & T. Paakkinen (2013). Learning English in social interaction: The case of Big Brother Finland. The Modern Language Journal 97 (2): 340-359.

Leppänen, S. & S. Peuronen (2012). Multilingualism on the Internet, in M. Martin-Jones, A. Blackledge & A. Creese (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Multilingualism. London: Routledge, 384-402.

Peuronen, S. (2011). “Ride Hard, Live Forever”:  Translocal identities in an online community of extreme sports Christians, in C. Thurlow & K. Mroczek (eds.) Digital Discourse: Language in the New Media. New York: Oxford University Press.

Leppänen, S., T. Nikula, A. Pitkänen-Huhta, A. Piirainen-Marsh & S. Peuronen (2009). Young people’s translocal new media uses: A multiperspective analysis of language choice and heteroglossia. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 14 (4), 1080-1107.