Research team

Hannele Dufva

Leader of the research team
Department of Languages
E-mail: dufva[at]campus.jyu.fi

Mari Aro (1.1. 2008-)

Department of Languages
E-mail: mari.aro[at]jyu.fi
Special area of interest: English as a foreign language / lingua franca
Research topic: Learner beliefs about English language learning

Tommi Nieminen (1.9.-31.12.2009)

Department of Languages
Email: tommi.k.nieminen[at]jyu.fi
Special area of interest: Linguistic metatheory
PhD thesis: The position of genre in the semiotic metatheory of linguistics

Basically, I propose in my PhD thesis that if general semiotics as defined by C.S. Peirce were accepted as the metatheoretical basis of linguistics, the empirical and intuitive viewpoints – of linguistics in general and the text theory in particular – would be drawn closer to each other. As for genres this means that not only can genre be seen as an integral part of linguistic analysis proper, even in the stricter traditional sense of linguistics, but it can also form a more fruitful starting point for the metatheoretical description of linguistic concepts than the lexicogrammatical terms like phoneme, morpheme, or word. Or in other words, that language is not the "standard" but a rather special case of semiotic systems, and genre much closer to the standard.

Olli-Pekka Salo (1.1. 2009-)

Department of Teacher Education
E-mail: Olli-Pekka.Salo[at]edu.jyu.fi
Special area of interest: Swedish as a second / foreign language
PhD thesis  (working title): What is Swedish as a school subject?

In my ongoing PhD project, I try to outline an overall view of Swedish as the second national language in Finnish schools. Finland has two national languages, Finnish (91.2%) and Swedish (5.5%), both of which are to be studied in the course of basic education at least for three years. My aim is to illustrate the overall situation through a chain-of-effect analysis from the level of legislation to actual classroom practices. The main focus lies in the Swedish teachers’ (N=135) conceptions of their teaching subject. The theoretical framework is based on dialogism, as the all-pervasive dialogical nature of language can be found in legal documents and curricula as well as the multivoiced classroom practice. The data consist of official documents, electronic questionnaires, interviews and classroom observation.

Minna Suni (1.8. 2008-)

Department of Languages
E-mail: minna.suni[at]jyu.fi
Special area of interest: Finnish as a second language
Research topic: Finnish as a work language

The study looks at the linguistic needs and challenges of professionals who have moved to Finland, both from the point of view of the professionals themselves and of their colleagues and clients. The data is collected using interviews and by observing the interaction of the immigrant in his or her regular work tasks in industry, health care, information technology, culture sector, education or science.

Lea Nieminen (1.8.-31.12.2008)

Department of Languages
E-mail: lea.s.m.nieminen[at]jyu.fi
Special area of interest: Finnish as a first language