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Professor, Finnish, Finno-Ugric and Scandinavian languages
suomen kielen professori / professor of Finnish language


+358 29 450 2802
+358 46 923 3816
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Areas of expertise

Professor of Finnish language
interactional linguistics
spoken discourse
interactions with aphasic speakers
language acquisition
digital interaction
computer-mediated communication
usage-based linguistics, discourse-functional linguistics


Marja-Liisa Helasvuo received her MA in Finnish language at the University of Helsinki and PhD in linguistics at the University of California Santa Barbara (1997). Since 2005, she has worked as a professor of Finnish language at the University of Turku.


Finnish grammar; discourse and interaction; interactional linguistics; digital interaction


Marja-Liisa Helasvuo's research interests lie in the area of interactional linguistics where she has focused on the relationship between syntax and conversational organization. She is the author of Syntax in the Making (Benjamins, 2001) as well as numerous research articles. She is the co-editor of Grammar from the Human Perspective (together with Lyle Campbell, Benjamins, 2006), Discourses in interaction (together with Marjut Johansson, Mia Raitaniemi and Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen, Benjamins, 2010) and ) and Subjects in constructions: canonical and non-canonical (together with Tuomas Huumo, Benjamins, 2015). She has co-edited a special issue on Discourse participants in interaction (together with Robert Englebretson, J of Pragmatics, 2014) and on Units in responsive turns (together with Elise Kärkkäinen and Tomoko Endo, J of Pragmatics, 2017).


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Relatiivilauseet arkikeskustelussa (2022)

Helasvuo Marja-Liisa, Laury Ritva, Rauma Janica
(A1 Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä lehdessä )

Free NPs as units in Finnish (2019)

Studies in Language
Helasvuo Marja-Liisa
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))