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University Lecturer, German

Areas of expertise

Cognitive Linguistics
grammar (tense and aspect)
crosslinguistic influence
learning of foreign languages


Since August 2019, I am University Lecturer of German at the School of Humanities at the University of Turku, and I teach grammar and German language courses. Before coming to Turku, I was a post-doctoral researcher at University of Eastern FInland (funded by Kone Foundation). I also worked as University lecturer at the English department at Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai from August-December 2016. From 2010-2015, I worked and studied (towards my PhD) at the English and German Department at the University of Eastern Finland. 


I teach advanced modules on syntax and linguistics as well as introductory modules on German language. 


I was awarded a PhD diploma in English Language and Culture from the University of Eastern Finland in 2015. My thesis was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing and examined the role of Cognitive Grammar-based grammatical descriptions in learning English as a foreign language in an instructional context. I have continued this line of research in my post-doctoral research (Kone Foundation, 2017-), which examines the role of one’s mother tongue in the use of English tense and aspect. For the analysis of the data, I use explanations postulated in Cognitive Linguistics. 


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