Team introduction

Hannele focuses in her research on discussing multilingualism in the framework of dialogism and the dialogical conceptualisation of language as heteroglossia. She is also interested in developing theorizing and ways to analyse multilingualism as embodied experience.

Samu Kytölä is a doctoral student at the Department of Languages at the University of Jyväskylä.  Samu’s doctoral dissertation in progress deals with the varying use of English in Finland-based football forums on the web. He combines sociolinguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis in his analysis of plurilingual, polyphonic discussion threads with both Finnish and non-Finnish participants.

Tiina Virkkula is the research secretary of the NORFACE seminar series. She is responsible for practical and administrative matters. 

An important research project for Sirpa Leppänen is the discourse analytic investigation of the ways in which Finns resort to English as a communicative resource in a range of Finnish new media settings. In addition to charting the forms, patterns and appropriations of English in these contexts, she pays attention to the ways in which English alternates and mixes with Finnish, the functions English serves in them, the social, cultural and aesthetic meanings the languages users create thereby, and the ways in which these uses of English (and Finnish) draw on and contribute to popular language ideologies.

Maisa's main research interests lie in the area of second language acquisition, particularly the morphological development of Finnish as a second language. Her interest in mulitilingualism stems from years in Canada and from training teachers for immigrants in Finland.

 Katja is interested in multilingualism from the point of view of (second) language learning and teaching. As most of her students are future teachers of English, she is particularly interested in portraits of the L2 users and L2 environments.


In pragmatics, language users' choices are seen as meaningful and functional, indexing in complex ways different layers of context. Tarja is interested in exploring discourse-pragmatic aspects of multilingual language use, seeing linguistic diversity as an interactional resource for creating meanings.

Sari´s research focuses on Northern multilingualism, particularly issues related to Sami language revitalisation, minority media and international tourism. She is also interested in theorizing and analysing multilingualism as social and discursive practices and processes, with implications to language ideology, revitalisation and policy and multilingual living in minority language communities.

Arja Piirainen-Marsh is professor of English in the Department of Languages. Her research has focused on language use and interaction in settings involving participants from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Her current interests include code-switching in multimodal environments and the relationship between linguistic choices, structures of interaction and other semiotic resources in social activity. 

Eeva Riipinen is the administrative secretary responsible for financial matters and the funds allocated for the seminar series.


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