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Professor, German


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Areas of expertise

Crosslinguistic comparison / contrastive linguistics
grammar (prefix and particle verbs, grammaticalization, syntax-semantics interface, valency, meteorological verbs, passive)
linguistic landscapes
linguistic approaches to translation and translated texts
German language
Finnish language.


Professor of German language, School of Languages and Translation Studies, University of Turku (2017-).

Title of Docent, Germanic Philology, University of Helsinki (2011-).

PhD, Germanic Philology, University of Helsinki (2005).

MA, Germanic Philology, University of Jyväskylä (1997).


My teaching responsibilities include the supervision of MA and doctoral theses, courses on diverse topics both at the BA and MA level and the final MA-thesis seminar.


In my current research I investigate multilingualism from different points of view. I am interested in industrial communities and in the linguistic effects of industry from the point of view of individual and societal multilingualism, linguistic landscapes, language policy, and language attitudes.

Central keywords of my previous research are: minority language translation, differences and interfaces between translation and other types of language contact, corpus based study of translated texts, German and Finnish grammar, prefix and particle verbs, interface between syntax and semantics, grammaticalization of adpositions, non-professional translation, and the syntactic properties of meteorological constructions.

I have published one monograph and several peer-reviewed research articles on diverse topics in linguistics and translation studies. In co-operation with colleagues I have co-edited 19 collective volumes and special issues of journals.


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Vorwort (2022)

FI-DACH-Tagung, Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique
Järventausta Marja, Kolehmainen Leena, Kujamäki Pekka, Pantermöller Marko
(Vertaisarvioimaton konferenssijulkaisu (B3))

What is “Language Making”? (2022)

International Journal of the Sociology of Language
Krämer Philipp, Vogl Ulrike, Kolehmainen Leena
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))

Esipuhe (2021)

Kolehmainen Leena, Liira Aino, Nummila Kirsi-Maria
(Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa (B2))