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Henna, Saija, Elina, Samu, Sirpa and Mia

Research team

Our research team at the University of Jyväskylä comprises eight people whose research focuses on issues of language, superdiversity, identification and disidentification in diverse contexts of social media.

Our research group is part of InCoLaS, an international research consortium on language and superdiversity. Within this consortium, the researchers in Jyväskylä specialize in how sociolinguistic superdiversity is manifest in discourses in social media, particularly digital social media. More detailed information on our projects and research interests can be found on each researcher's individual profile.

Formerly, most of us were members of VARIENG (2006-2011), a national centre of excellence for research on the variation, contacts, and change in English; this was a joint research venture between the universities of Jyväskylä and Helsinki. The main focus of VARIENG’s Jyväskylä team was on how Finns use English in a variety of contexts, as well as on attitudes towards English in Finland.

One of the most recent activities of our group includes the organization of an international conference on Language and Superdiversity: Interrogations and Explorations in Jyväskylä in June 2013. The conference was organized In cooperation with InCoLaS, the Department of Languages and the Centre for Applied Language Study. It attracted 300 participants from all over the world, representing such fields as sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology and applied linguistics.

Our team members are:

  • Sirpa Leppänen, Professor, Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä
  • Samu Kytölä, Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä
  • Elina Westinen, Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä
  • Saija Peuronen, Doctoral researcher, Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä
  • Mia Halonen, Researcher, Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä
  • Sanna Lehtonen, University lecturer, Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä
  • Sonya Sahradyan, Doctoral researcher, Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä
  • Henna Jousmäki, Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä