Piirainen-Marsh Arja, professori / professor

Piirainen-Marsh Arja, professori / professor
englanti / English
Ag D323.3

Consultation hour: By appointment


  • EKIY012 Opinto- ja urasuunnittelu 
  • EKIA470 Discourse at Work
  • EKIA408 Study of Talk and Interaction 
  • EKIS574 Language as Cultural Practice 
  • EKISS342 Multimodaalinen diskurssintutkimus
  • EKIS605 MA Thesis Seminar 


Research areas

  • Social interaction
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Multilingual and multimodal interaction
  • Additional language learning


Game-playing as a site for social activity, multilingual practices and situated learning 

Embodiments of learning in social interaction

Language learning in the Wild

Selected publications

Articles in refereed international journals

Oittinen, T. & Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2015. Openings in technology-mediated business meetings. Journal of Pragmatics 85, 37–66. doi:10.1016/j.pragma.2015.06.001

Piirainen-Marsh, A. & Tainio, L. 2014. Asymmetries of knowledge and epistemic change in social gaming interaction.  The Modern Language Journal, 98 (4), 1022-1038. doi:10.1111/modl.12153

Kääntä, L. & Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2013. Manual guiding in peer group interaction: resource for organizing a practical classroom task. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 46(4), 1 –22.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2012. Resources for organising action in videogame-playing activities. In R. Ayass and Cornelia Gerhardt (eds.) The appropriation of media in everyday life. What people do with media. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 197–230.

Koskela, H. & Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2012. Assessments and the social construction of expertise and authority in political tv-interviews. Text and Talk 32(5), 63 –660.  

Piirainen-Marsh, A. & Alanen, R. 2012. Repetition and imitation: opportunities for learning. In Seel, N. (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning.  New York: Springer Science.

Margutti, P. & Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2011. The interactional management of discipline and morality in the classroom: an introduction. Linguistics and Education 22, 4, 300 –309.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2011. Irony and the moral order of secondary school classrooms Linguistics and Education, 364 –382.

Tainio, L. & Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2011. Vuorovaikutuksen tilat ja keinot videopelin pelaamistilanteessa. [Interactional spaces and resources in video gaming activities]. In Haddington, P. & Kääntä, L. (eds.), Kieli, keho ja vuorovaikutus. [Language, interaction and the body]. Helsinki: SKS, 177–201.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2011. Enacting interactional competence in gaming activities: co-producing talk with virtual others. In J.K. Hall, J. Hellermann, & S. Pekarek Doehler (eds.) L2 Interactional Competence and Development, Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 19–44.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2010. Bilingual practices and the social organisation of video gaming activities. Journal of Pragmatics 42 (11), 3012 - 3030.

Leppänen, S., Nikula, T., Pitkänen-Huhta, A., Piirainen-Marsh, A. & Peuronen, S. 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(28).

Leppänen, S. &  Piirainen-Marsh, A.  2009. Language policy in the making: an analysis of bilingual gaming activities. Language Policy 8 (3), 261–284.

Blommaert, J., Kelly-Holmes, H., Lane, P., Leppänen, S., Moriarty, M., Pietikäinen, S. & Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2009. Media, multilingualism and language policing: An Introduction. Language Policy 8 (3), 203–207.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. & Tainio, L. 2009a. Prosodic repetition as a resource for participation in the activity of playing a video game.  Modern Language Journal 93 (2), 153–169.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. & Tainio, L. 2009b. Collaborative game-play as a site for participation and situated learning of second language. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research 53(2), 167–183.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2005. Managing adversarial questioning in broadcast interviews. Journal of Politeness Research: Language, Behaviour, Culture 1 (2), 193–218. 

Piirainen-Marsh, A. & Koskela, H. 2000. Collective participation as a resource in multiparty multicultural broadcast interactions. Issues in Applied Linguistics 11, 2. 243–272.

Articles in refereed edited collections and conference proceedings

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2008. Koodinvaihto kontekstivihjeenä videopelitilanteissa. [Code-switching as a contextualization cue in game-play]. In Leppänen, S., T. Nikula

& L. Kääntä (eds.). Kolmas kotimainen. Lähikuvia englannin käytöstä Suomessa. Helsinki: SKS.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. & Tainio, L. 2007. Toisto vuorovaikutteisena keinona oppia toista kieltä [Repetition as an interactional resource in learning a second language]. In O-P. Salo, T. Nikula & P. Kalaja (eds.), Kieli oppimisessa - Language in learning. AFinLA Yearbook 65, 157–182.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2002. On identity and membership in multicultural broadcast interaction. In David C. S. Li (Ed.) Discourses in search of members. Lanham, Maryland:  University Press of America, 393–422.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 2000. Interjections and the institutionality of broadcast talk. In Coulthard, M., J. Cotterill and F. Rock (eds.), Dialogue Analysis VII: Working with dialogue. Selected papers from the 7th IADA Confererence Birmingham 1999. Tubingen: Niemeyer, 93–106.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 1998. Meaning and the social context. Notes on the pragmatics of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural intelligibility. In J. Fisiak (ed.), Festschrift for Kari Sajavaara. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia XXXIII, 333–342.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 1995. Kasvot, kieli ja oppija. (Face, language and the learner). In M-R. Luukka, P. Kalaja & A. Mielikäinen (eds.), Kielten kuulossa. (Proceedings of the 1995 Finnish Conference of Linguistics), Language Centre for Finnish Universities, 213–224.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 1994. Kielenoppijan puhe tutkimuksen kohteena. (On the study of learner talk). In L. Laurinen and Luukka, M-R. (eds.), AFinLA Yearbook 52. Jyväskylä: AfinLA, 211–236.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 1992. Managing impositions in NS-NNS conversations. Finlance Vol. XI, 36–55. Language Centre for Finnish Universities.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 1991. The handling of impositions in native-non-native conversations. In K. Sajavaara, D. Marsh & T. Keto (eds.), Communication and Discourse across Cultures and Languages. AFInLA Yearbook. Jyväskylä: AFinLA (Finnish Association of Applied Linguistics), 139–155.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 1989. Aspects of lecture discourse. In J. Arabski (ed.), On Foreign Language Learning. Wroclav: Ossolineum, 163–174.

Piirainen-Marsh, A.  & Marsh, D. 1989. Problems with research into cross-cultural communication. In J. Niemi (ed.), Papers from the 11th Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics Vol I. University of Joensuu,  480–490.

Kuure, L. & Piirainen-Marsh, A. 1988, Between spoken and written language: features of discourse in foreign language learner expository writing. In Ö. Dahl (ed.), Papers from the Ninth Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics, Stockholm, January 9-11, 1986. Institute of Linguistics, University of Stockholm, 183–193.


Face in Second Language Conversation. Studia Philologica Jyväskyläensia 37. University of Jyväskylä Press.

Edited collections

Pietikäinen, S., Piirainen-Marsh, A. & Shohamy, E. (eds.) (2009) Media, multilingualism and language policing.  Special Issue of Language Policy 8 (3).

Sajavaara, K. and A. Piirainen-Marsh (eds.) 2000a, Kieli, diskurssi & yhteisö. (Language, discourse & society). Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä.

Sajavaara, K. and A. Piirainen-Marsh (eds.) 2000b. Näkökulmia soveltavaan kielentutkimukseen.  (Perspectives on Applied Language Studies). Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä.

Sajavaara, K. and A. Piirainen-Marsh (eds.) 1999, Kielen oppimisen ja opettamisen kysymyksiä. (Questions on Language teaching and learning). Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä.

Other scientific publications

Koskela, H. & A. Piirainen-Marsh 2001. Harvey Sacks ja keskusteluntutkimuksen perinne. In Dufva, H. & M. Lähteenmäki (toim). Kielentutkimuksen klassikoita. Jyväskylä: Soveltavan kielentutkimuksen keskus, 257–280.

Piirainen-Marsh, A. & A. Huhta 2000. Soveltava kielentutkimus ja tutkimuksen peruskysymykset. (Some fundamental questions in applied language research). In K.Sajavaara & A. Piirainen-Marsh 2000b (eds.).

Piirainen-Marsh, A. 1996. Puhe ja toiminta seminaarinäyttämöllä. (Talk and activity in a research seminar). In K. Sajavaara, M-R. Luukka & L. Laurinen (eds.), Seminaaridiskurssi - diskursseja seminaarista. Jyväskylä: Centre for Applied Language Research, 85–125.