Research at the School of Languages and Translation Studies

The School of Languages and Translation Studies is a scholarly institution dedicated to the scientific investigation of languages. As specialists in multidisciplinary research, our faculty delves into language systems, the phenomena of individual languages across time, and uncovering the general features of human languages. Global changes in the operating environment increase multilingualism and multiculturalism in our networked world. This underlines the importance of the knowledge we produce in digitalising working life and societal decision-making. The school actively promotes research on languages and multilingualism, as well as generating knowledge and information for society, while also considering themes related to AI and sustainable development in its research.

Our work is integrated with the University of Turku's thematic collaborations, engaging in research across a spectrum of critical themes: digital futures; cultural memory and social change; children, young people, and learning; health, diagnostics, and drug development; sea and maritime studies.


Our key research areas include

  •    digital linguistics
  •    philology, the history of learning, book history
  •    linguistic interaction and discourse
  •    changes in language and writing during periods of cultural transition
  •    language learning and education
  •    syntax and lexis
  •    variation in written and spoken language
  •    translation studies
  •    multilingualism and language contacts
  •    contemporary literature, especially postcolonial literary studies
We conduct our research both independently and together - in research teams, projects and centres. Research is not only conducted by research and teaching staff, but also doctoral researchers (see the School's doctoral programme Utuling) and other (postdoctoral) researchers affiliated to the School.
Through our research, we aim not only to advance knowledge in the areas mentioned above, but also to promote the understanding of languages that enrich our global community.
Welcome to join us!

The University of Turku Library has a large collection of materials on languages and translation studies. The UTU-Digilang infrastructure, hosted by the School of Languages and Translation Studies, comprises a compilation of digital corpora and language technology tools that were jointly developed by our School and the Department of Computing. UTU-Digilang was selected for the Roadmap of Research Infrastructures of the University of Turku for 2021—2023. We are also a part of the FIN-CLARIAH consortium.

The UTU-Digilang infrastructure enables researchers, scholars, and students to explore and develop in the field of language studies by providing them with access to corpora and language tools. We warmly invite applicants and collaborators to join us in this endeavor, and we look forward to having you as a member of our vibrant research community.

For postgraduate studies, see our doctoral programme Utuling.

Local and National Collaboration

Our commitment to collaboration extends across various cultural, academic, and professional organizations, highlighting our multidimensional involvement in the community and beyond. We are pleased to engage with prestigious organizations such as the Turku Museum Centre, the National Doctoral Network Langnet, and the Finnish Network for Language Education Policies to foster academic interchange and promote linguistic research and education throughout Finland. Our ties with the Federation of Foreign Language Teachers in Finland and other corporate partners such as language technology companies, translation agencies, and publishers serve to bridge the gap between academia and industry, ensuring that our research and teaching stay cutting-edge. Our collaboration with Åbo Akademi University, local schools, and language teachers in Turku and Southwest Finland strengthens our regional participation. In addition, our extensive alumni network, which spans national and international borders, demonstrates our dedication to linguistic excellence and community engagement.

International Collaboration

As a member of the EC2U network and the Coimbra Group, the University of Turku has access to numerous opportunities for staff exchanges, teaching, and research possibilities. Our international collaborations extend our research and educational reach beyond Finland's borders. The School is also involved in the International Network of Simulated Translation Bureaus (INSTB), a network of European translator training programmes. In addition, the Utuling doctoral programme is part of the International Doctorate in Translation Studies network. We are part of a vibrant global network, and we work with international academic institutions, research centers, and organizations. These partnerships enrich our academic community with diverse perspectives and promote joint research initiatives that underscore the universal importance of language studies. We warmly welcome Marie Curie, Erasmus, and Fulbright guests, and we also actively encourage our community to establish international connections.

Administrative and Support Services

The backbone of our school is our comprehensive administrative and support services which are executed by our dedicated staff to facilitate the seamless progression of our academic and research pursuits. Furthermore, researchers are provided with administrative and support services by the University of Turku. This consists of budgeting, monitoring, and project planning. Liaison officers from the University's Research Services and Financial Services aid in the organization's preparation for both Research Council of Finland and EU projects. We are actively striving to enhance the provision of guidance and mentoring for doctoral and post-doctoral research, an essential component of research support. 

Research Units and Networks

Centre for Language Learning Research (Leala)

The Centre for Language Learning Research (Leala) conducts multidisciplinary research, utilises a broad range of data sets and applies various research methods. The research conducted at Leala focuses on second/foreign language learning in particular. Researchers at the Centre come from different departments at the School of Languages and Translation Studies (English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Scandinavian languages and Spanish). Our research also belongs to the University of Turku’s thematic research profile “Children, young people and learning”.

Contact: Minna Maijala,

Centre for the Study of Language and Wellbeing (LaWe)

The Centre for the Study of Language and Wellbeing LaWe aims to support, advance and promote research that focuses on the interconnection between wellbeing and language. In addition, the Centre intends to enhance the application of this kind of research in ways that serve and improve our societies. We approach wellbeing in a broad sense; in our view, the relevance of language and interaction for wellbeing can be witnessed for example in the role that language and interaction plays in identity formation, health, schooling, culture and diversity, social relationships, social participation, access to goods, resources and power, and the relationship between a society and its environment. The Centre is multidisciplinary and has an open policy regarding its databases and methods.

Contact person: Jenny Paananen

> Read more about LaWe

Digin – Research Network on Digital Interaction

The Digin research network promotes research on different aspects of digitality as well as in the digital humanities. The network is multidisciplinary and brings together researchers from such areas as language studies, history, media studies, social sciences, computer science and law. We explore digitality and its aspects from various perspectives. For instance, interaction, communication, media and culture in a digital context all feature characteristics that make them different from their non-digital counterparts. In particular, digitality has affected how research materials and data are conceived in the humanities and social sciences. These new kinds of datasets offer novel opportunities while also presenting challenges, as their analysis requires new methods and tools.

Contact person: Veronika Laippala


Research Unit for Volgaic Languages

The Research Unit for Volgaic Languages operates under  the department of Finnish Language and Finno-Ugric Languages  at the University of Turku. The research unit was initially established as a temporary project in 1993 and it became a permanent institution in 2000.

Contact person: Jussi Ylikoski

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Translation Studies Research Network of the University of Turku (TYKÄT)

Translation Studies Research Network of the University of Turku (TYKÄT) is a community of translation researchers that specializes in professional translating, translation technology, and literary translation as well as their intersections, such as professionalization in translation and the relationship between technology and literary translation throughout history. Our research concerns not only translation history and contemporary translation, but also the future of translation which we aim to influence through our research in collaboration with translator training and translation practitioners.

To know who we are, we need to know where we came from. As modern phenomena such as fan translation or rapid technological advancements intersect with past translation practices, knowledge of the history of translation is a base for understanding translation of today. Long-standing research topics also include the societal and cultural role of translation, financial aspects of translation services and literary translation, and professionalism in translation. The research network is a cofounder of the national translator training history project and participates actively in it. The history of translator training has been studied by collecting documents, texts, and pictures, and by interviewing former teachers and students.

Our main research topics are:

  • translated fiction and nonfiction
  • translation history
  • translation technology
  • translator training
  • textual genealogy and interconnections
  • translation in audiovisual and digital environments

Director and contact person: Kristiina Taivalkoski-Shilov

Working group: Tiina Holopainen, Outi Paloposki, Leena Salmi, Kristiina Taivalkoski-Shilov and Tiina Tuominen


The TurkuNLP Group is a group of researchers at the University of Turku as well as the UTU graduate school (UTUGS). The main focus of our research are various aspects of natural language processing / language technology and digital linguistics, ranging from corpus annotation and analysis to machine learning theory and applications. The main application areas we've been focusing on is the domain of biological, biomedical, and clinical text, as well as methods and resources for syntactic and semantic analysis of Finnish and the modeling of web-based language use based on registers or genres.

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Contact: Veronika Laippala

Funded Projects

The Circulation, Transformation, and Reception of Johann Georg Zimmermann’s Von dem Nationalstolze, 1758-1805

The project explores the transnational dimensions of national thought in the Enlightenment period by tracing the trajectory of Von dem Nationalstolze, a substantial essay on the sentiment of national pride written by the Swiss physician Johann Georg Zimmermann (1728–1795). By tracing the essay’s circulation, transformation, and reception in the press, the research aims to show how and why Zimmermann’s translators and reviewers furnished his essay with new meanings. Starting from the premise that the phenomenon of nation-building cannot be understood without historicizing it, the research turns to the methods of translation studies, which enable it to transcend national as well as cultural and linguistic borders.

Researcher: Laura Tarkka

Project funding: Academy of Finland 2021–2024

Communicative patterns in two languages in Finland (Kom2Språk)

In the project we study the relationship between language, culture and communication. How similar are the communicative patterns found in the two national languages of Finland, Finnish and Swedish, compared to communicative patterns found in Sweden? To what extent can the communicative patterns found be related to cultural preferences in Finland?

The project is a continuation of the research program Interaction and Variation in Pluricentric Languages – Communicative Patterns in Sweden Swedish and Finland Swedish (Riksbankens jubileumsfond 2013–2020). The theoretical framework is Interactional Linguistics, where communicative strategies utilised by individual speakers are related to larger social and cultural contexts. We focus on communication in two types of institutional settings: service encounters at box offices and supervision meetings with students at the university level.

Project leader: Professor Camilla Wide

Researchers: PhD Eveliina Tolvanen, PhD Anu Rouhikoski, Associate Professor Tommi Kurki

Funding: The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, 2023–2026

Read more about the project on its website

CORDIALIS (Connecting remote areas through digital competences and cultural heritage)

CORDIALIS is a multinational ERASMUS+ -project, that aims to produce pedagogical materials and tools for hybrid teaching and interaction. In addition, the project aims to connect actors from different fields around local languages and cultures. The target group consists of current and future language teachers, adult educators, local artisans, and cultural field professionals (e.g., media librarians and museum staff).

The effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on citizen’s needs for digital tools in education and in many different professional and cultural fields, will be researched during the project. Based on the results, pedagogical practices and solutions for virtual exchange will be brought forward. The project produces freely available teaching materials, such as manuals, exercises, podcasts, and videos in five different languages (English, Italian, Lithuanian, French and Finnish). Additional information about the project can be found on the website.

Person in charge of the project (SLTS): Maarit Mutta

Funder: ERASMUS+ KA220-ADU-Cooperation partnership in adult education Grant number 2021-1-FR01-KA220-ADU-000033544), 2022–2024

Project Partners:

Main local partners in Turku:

  • UTU Faculty of Humanities/The school of Languages and Translation Studies (SLT)
  • EKKO-project
  • Kaarina City Library
  • TSL Turku (Worker’s Educational Association)
Early Modern Graphic Literacies (EModGraL)

This project investigates the use of graphic devices (such as tables and diagrams) in early modern English printed books in order to shed light on the development of vernacular graphic literacies and early strategies of data visualisation. We will 1) map the distribution of different types of graphic devices in different kinds of books and develop a new framework for their classification; 2) determine how target audience and topic influence the use of graphic devices; and 3) establish how linguistic information and graphic devices work together in the context of the page and the whole book, for example through captions and reader instruction. Our findings will reveal what kinds of graphic literacies were associated with graphic devices and how these literacies developed in 1473–1800 – a period characterized by a rapid increase in literacy and a diversification of readers. Our results also contribute to the history of graphic representation of information in books targeted at vernacular readers and elucidate the role of graphic devices in the transmission of knowledge.

Project leader: Matti Peikola

Funding: Academy of Finland 2021–25

More information: project website

Ethical and Sustainable Language Teaching (EKKO)

Ethical and sustainable language teaching, funded by the Kone Foundation, is a four-year project launched in the School of Languages and Translation Studies at the University of Turku, Finland in January 2021. The cornerstone of the project lies in the question of how the principles of ethics and sustainability can be promoted in language teaching and pre-service teacher education.

Taking into account the aspects of sustainable development and language equality is challenging not only in language teaching but also in pre-service language teacher education. The purpose of the project is to research the essence of ethics and sustainable development principles and how they can be promoted in language teaching and pre-service language teacher education. Based on this research, we will develop engaging learning activities for language learners and pedagogic solutions for pre-service teachers and teachers, which promote ethical conduct, sustainable development and language equality.

Project director: Minna Maijala, minna.maijala(at)

EKKO Team: Leena Maria Heikkola, Salla-Riikka Kuusalu, Päivi Laine, Maarit Mutta, Katja Mäntylä, Judi Rose, and Veijo Vaakanainen

More information:

Project funding: Kone Foundation 2021–2024

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FiRe = Finnish Relations: Changes in Finnish relational predicates from the 16th century to the present

We analyze the development of central relational predicates (verbs, cases, and adpositions) from early literary Finnish (16th century) to the present. While earlier studies have focused on relational predicates at a certain subperiod of Old Finnish, no studies have tracked their actual development over time. Our approach is based on frameworks of usage-based linguistics, most notably cognitive grammar, cognitive semantics, and functional–typological syntax. The project incorporates morphological, syntactic, and semantic approaches to relational predicates. As our data, we will use existing corpora in which the historical layers of literary Finnish are well documented. The project is divided into four work packages: 1) the realization of transitivity, 2) the grammaticalization of modal verbs and non-finite constructions, 3) the evolution of adverbials, and 4) constructions of reported discourse, verbs of communication, cognition and emotion.

The project is funded by the Academy of Finland (2022—2026).
For more information: Tuomas Huumo.

Fluency and Disfluency Features in L2 Speech (FDF2)

The project focuses on fluency and disfluency in second language speech. Our approach combines methods from the fields of second language acquisition research and psycholinguistics and employs a varied data set (including cognitive experiments, speech samples, and questionnaire data) to scrutinize second language fluency and factors affecting it. Our FlowLang research group includes researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, and our aim is to reconceptualize fluency to provide a new framework for future studies.

The emphasis is on examining the effect of task types (monologue, dialogue) and individual speaker characteristics (cognitive processes, experienced level of anxiety, and first language fluency) on second language fluency and disfluency. The results benefit second language learning and teaching, language assessment as well as the development of digital second language learning applications.

Project Leader: Pekka Lintunen

Funding: Academy of Finland 2020-2024

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Generation Z language ideologies: Language Making as textual performance

In this research project, we examine the language ideologies of generation Z born in the early 2000s. We analyze student essays (N = 27141) written in the Finnish matriculation examination in spring 2022, in which students about to finish upper secondary school reflect on the topic of Finnish and other languages, multilingualism and language learning. We approach the student essays as textual performances that reflect societal values, globalized language ideologies and established language hierarchies, through the theoretical framework of Language Making. The results of this project will provide useful information for language educators and for future language policy makers."

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Project leader:  Hanna Lantto

Project funding: Emil Aaltonen Foundation, 2023—2026

Massively multilingual modeling of registers in web-based corpora

This project combines the long traditions of corpus linguistics and the latest innovations of natural language processing (NLP) to explore web registers—situationally defined Internet text varieties such as news, blogs or how-to pages—on a massively multilingual scale. Specifically, the project

  1. analyzes language-specific differences of registers and creates a data-driven description of the full range of web registers in six languages,
  2. develops machine learning methods for large-scale register modeling and identification in massively cross/multi-lingual settings, and
  3. automatically identifies registers in Universal Parsebanks, a language resource spanning 100 billion words and 64 languages.

Thereby, the project provides critical knowledge about online communication and tools with which to develop web data from simple masses of raw text toward organized resources with rich metadata.

Researcher: Veronika Laippala

Funding: Academy of Finland 2020—2024

Multilingual writers’ writing processes: graph-theory based visualisation of formulaic sequences and fluency patterns (KISUVI)

KISUVI research, funded by Kone Foundation, is a four-year project launched in the School of Languages and Translation Studies at the University of Turku, Finland in January 2022. The project focuses on the study of writing fluency in first and foreign languages, in particular on the use of formulaic sequences.

This mixed-method project uses the graph theory-based keystroke logging software GGXLog, whose visualisation functions provide a new approach to the analysis of writing processes. It also allows a more precise definition of formulaic sequences in languages belonging to different typological families. The results of the project will contribute to the knowledge on the development and fluency of multilingual writers. The results will help educators and policy makers to design and develop teacher training and modern digital learning materials.

Project director: Maarit Mutta, maarit.mutta(at)

KISUVI Team: Sinikka Lahtinen, Päivi Laine, Mari Mäkilä, Katja Mäntylä, Outi Toropainen, Anne-Maj Åberg

Project funding: Kone Foundation 2022—2025

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Narrative Text, Translator and Machine: In Search of User-Friendly Translation Technology for Literary Texts

Narrative Text, Translator and Machine: In Search of User-Friendly Translation Technology for Literary Texts is a multidisciplinary research project combining translation studies, literary studies, and language and translation technology funded by the Academy of Finland. The project aims to increase knowledge on phenomena that are closely linked to literary texts, translating them, and utilizing translation technology in literary translation.

The project studies narrativity and its modelling, literary characteristics and problems in their translation, the working methods and technological needs of literary translators, and ethical challenges such as copyright issues and sustainable development that are connected with using translation technology in literary translation.

The project also aims to apply the accumulated data in practice. We will develop a prototype for a translation technology application that helps human translators with professionally translating literary texts from English into Finnish. During the later stages of the project, the prototype is further developed with a usability study.

Project funding: Academy of Finland 2022–
The project started on 1 Sept 2022.

The project’s principal investigator is professor Kristiina Taivalkoski-Shilov.

For more information see

Reflective grammar knowledge on Swedish language islands in Finland

RefGram (Reflective grammar knowledge on Swedish language islands in Finland), funded by Svenska Kulturfonden (The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland), is a two-year project launched in the School of Language and Translation Studies, University of Turku, in September 2023. The project focuses on language learners' metalinguistic skills in Finnish and Swedish. 

The recorded data, comprising learner conversations and responses regarding Finnish and Swedish language structures, serves to deepen the understanding of metalinguistic knowledge. Participants in this project are fluent in both languages, with Swedish as the medium of instruction and Finnish prevailing in the surrounding environment of the language island. The outcomes will enrich our understanding of learning two typologically different languages and inform future grammar teaching practices.

Project director: Outi Toropainen (

RefGram Team: Sinikka Lahtinen and Outi Toropainen

Project funding: The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland 2023–2025

Read more about the project on its web page


REMODUS – The (Re-)Making of a Discipline: Digital Transformation and Internationalisation in and Beyond Uralic Studies is part of the KA220-HED Cooperation partnerships in higher education programme. It is being funded for three years (from 1 December 2021 to 30 September 2024) by the EU Erasmus+ Programme.

REMODUS is a network of ten European universities with a department or institute of Uralic (Finno-Ugric) Studies. Our field covers both European nation-state languages (Hungarian, Finnish, Estonian) and a broad spectrum of endangered (minority) languages spoken in diverse multilingual communities. Members of the network are: the University of Turku and the University of Helsinki (Finland), Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the University of Hamburg (Germany), Uppsala University (Sweden), the University of Tartu (Estonia), the University of Vienna (coordinator, Austria), Eötvös Loránd University – Budapest and the University of Szeged (Hungary), and the University of Latvia (Latvia).

Our aim is to present our discipline, Uralic studies, as a model for digital transformation, cross- integration, and the internationalisation of a low-volume discipline covering a vast thematic range. In other words, a discipline where few institutions with highly specialised scholars are responsible for a broad range of European languages and cultures. In the process, we want to facilitate the exchange of knowledge within and beyond the traditional boundaries and limitations of academic infrastructures.

Our target groups are students/teachers from Uralic studies and students/teachers from similar disciplines. We organise winter schools and e-learning courses on topics that are not frequently found or taught elsewhere. Together, the universities involved offer a pool of expertise concerning Uralic Studies.

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Romancing the Caribbean: Sea, Sex, and Sustainability in Caribbean Literature and Culture

Romancing the Caribbean studies the conjuncture of sea and sexuality in Caribbean literature and culture in an effort to generate more ecologically sustainable views on both Caribbean seascapes (such as the tourism and cruise ship industries) and sexualities (such as erotic romance literature and sex as a commodity). Through an eclectic corpus of Caribbean women’s writing and popular romance fiction set in the Caribbean, the project focuses on the affective, emotional and gendered nature of the ways in which the literary market has romanced the Caribbean and its seas in recent years.

Framing the phenomenon of Caribbean as a historical, cultural and geographical site of desire through the concept of romance, this study proposes that a process of recycling in the region occurs in the form and manner of romancing the Caribbean. This romancing is inextricably linked to questions of water and the seascape – in the form of, e.g., cruise ship tourism and transactional sex, but also cultural products like literature, as is the case in this study. Romance and romancing, envisioned as a genre and a verb, here highlights and helps interrogate how the oft-co-occurring dimensions of the sea and sex in literary and genre fiction, then, becomes central for questions of sexual liberation and identity-formation.

Ultimately, the aim of this interrogation is to produce more sustainable knowledge of the Caribbean and its seascapes from the critical point of view of feminist human-sea studies as a field of the humanities. Theoretically and methodologically, this study situates itself within a multidisciplinary crossroads of English studies, feminist literary theory, cultural studies, affect theory, human-sea studies, and postcolonial ecocriticism. This helps develop a humanities-based approach to sustainability, which ties our ethical choices to water.

Project leader: Elina Valovirta

Project funding: Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, 2022—2024

A Skolt Saami Grammar for the Skolt Saami: A Descriptive Reference Grammar of the Skolt Saami

The project focuses on Skolt Saami, a severely endangered language spoken by 300–350 speakers. 

The main objectives are to
1) describe the grammatical structure of the present-day Skolt Saami,
2) provide an overview of its historical development, and
3) of the sociolinguistic variation. 

These objectives will be realized in the form of
1) a comprehensive descriptive reference grammar, accompanied by
2) in-depth case studies,
3) an edited volume of articles on the language,
4) two collections of oral texts, and
5) a doctoral thesis.
All of the concrete objectives have a higher aim of supporting the Skolt Saami in their efforts to revitalize their language and culture. 

The research team consists of five experts on the Saami languages who have studied and taught Skolt Saami for a long time, and want to provide a better description of the language that will be easy for the Saami themselves to use. The project will incorporate Skolt Saami speakers and students as equal research partners.

The project is led by Jussi Ylikoski, Professor of Finno-Ugric Languages at the School of Languages and Translation.

Project funding: Academy of Finland 2022–2026

The project team consists of four specialists in Skolt Saami:
Ph.D., Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent) Eino Koponen 9/2022–8/2026
Ph.D., Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent) Taarna Valtonen 9/2022–8/2026
MA Markus Juutinen 1/2023–8/2026
MA Miika Lehtinen 7/2023–8/2026

The project started in September 2022. More information will be available soon on the project’s website.

Telepresence robot mediated embodied interaction in hybrid language learning environments

This project studies how telepresence robots can be used to support participation in classroom education at a distance. Telepresence robots are remote-controlled moveable devices with videoconferencing capabilities. The project analyses video-recorded language lessons from higher education classrooms in which one or more distance students participate alongside face-to-face students by operating a telepresence robot remotely. The analysis employs multimodal conversation analytic methodology and focuses on how the ability for remote movement is used as a resource for interaction and participation. The results can help establish a clearer picture of the possibilities of telepresence technologies in supporting participation across distance and in increasing equality of access to education for vulnerable groups such as homebound or hospitalized students.
Researcher: Teppo Jakonen
Funding: Academy of Finland 2021—2026

Translation as a journalistic tool

“Translation as a journalistic tool” post doc research project investigates the usage of foreign language sources in media.

Foreign language sources are central in news production: they help journalists gain wider knowledge about a particular event and build trust with the audience. Furthermore, reliability and plurality of sources are a guarantee of quality and freedom of the press. Financial constraints have led media companies to cut the number of foreign correspondents and to rely more and more on news agencies’ services and major international news media when reporting on foreign countries. This material is mainly in English, and journalists have to rely solely on it when they don’t speak the language of the reported foreign country. Such reliance on secondary source material can compromise the diversity of voices and perspectives in the media.

This research aims to shed light on the use of foreign language source texts, their status and their impact on the news process. It examines how the participation of journalists, through their location and language skills, affects the sources used and the subjects addressed through them in the news.

The empirical material of the study consists of the media coverage of two non-English speaking, historically related foreign countries: France and Mali by two of the largest media outlets in Finland. Very recently, Finnish journalists themselves have raised concerns about the narrowing range of their language expertise, which has led, in their opinion, to an overrepresentation of Finnish and English sources in the Finnish media. The reliance on one specific language and a larger use of this kind of secondary source material might limit the diversity of perspectives in the media landscape. Thus, the project aims to explore whether the possible reliance on secondary English-language source material affects the Finnish media. For example, could limitation of multiplicity and diversity of sources be a threat to social cohesion and democracy?

“Translation as a journalistic tool” is a post doc project conducted in two universities: the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Tartu. It is funded by:

  • ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Junior Scholars from the Finnish Fulbright Foundation co-shared with the University of Turku for post-doctoral research at the University of California Berkeley, USA, 1.9.2023–31.1.2024
  • The Finnish Cultural Foundation through The Finnish Foundations’ Post Doc Pool for post-doctoral research at University of Tartu, Estonia, 1.2.–31.12.2024

Project Leader: Léa Huotari

Completed research projects
  • Municipality slogans from the viewpoint of linguistics and marketing (Foundation for Municipal Development, 2020–)
  • Invisible forces: communication with the supernatural in Swedish- and Finnish-language folk traditions from Finland’s bilingual coastal areas (The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland 2019–2022)
  • Fluency across multilingual speakers (MultiFluency) (The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland 2020-2023)
  • Circular Economy Catalysts: From Innovation to Business Ecosystems (CICAT2025) (Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland, 2019–2023).
  • A sharp crystallization or a flat triviality? Municipality slogans from the viewpoint of linguistics and marketing (Foundation for Municipal Development, 2020–2022),
  • URKO – Uralic Triangulation (the DIGIHUM programme of the Academy of Finland, 2020 to 2022)
  • Digilang (University of Turku, 2018–2021)
  • A piece of news, an opinion or something else? Different texts and their automatic detection from the multilingual Internet (Emil Aaltonen Foundation, 2019-2021)
  • Formulaic sequences and metalinguistic knowledge in second and foreign language learning (The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, 2017–2021)
  • Community of Practice in Uralic Studies (Erasmus+, 2018–2021)
  • Multilingualism in the Long Twelfth Century
  • LALI (Language and literacy learning through art) (2017–2020)
  • Interaction and Variation in Pluricentric Languages (IVIP) (Riksbankens jubileumsfond, 2013–2020)
  • Construal of Means and Time (COMET) (2015–2020)
  • Arkisyn: A Morphosyntactically Annotated Corpus of Everyday Finnish-language Conversations (2013–2019)
  • Academic Finnish as a Challenge for a Non-native Learner (2015–2018)
  • The unexplored contexts of language contact: translation and interpretation (2015–2018)
  • Social media from Nordic to global contexts (SoNoGlo) (2016–2018)
  • INFUSE – Integration Finno-Ugric Studies in Europe, partnership established by eight European universities (Erasmus+, 2016–2018)
  • Targeted Teaching for Advanced Finnish Learners (Kone Foundation, 2016–2018)
  • Finnish Internet Parsebank  (2013–2017)
  • Units of grammar and interaction (Suomen Akatemia, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2014–2017)
  • Out of the Ordinary: Challenging Commonplace Concepts in Anglophone Literature (Academy of Finland, 2014–2017)
  • Online Udmurt–Finnish–Udmurt dictionary (Kone Foundation, 2015–2016)
  • The Regional and Social Variation in Finnish Prosody project (Kone Foundation, 2013–2015)
  • Subject expression in Finnish and other Finnic Languages (Academy of Finland, 2011–2014)
  • TIME: Translation Research Training. An Integrated and Intersectoral Model for Europe (European Commission, 2011–2014)
  • OPTIMALE: Optimising Professional Translator Training in a Multilingual Europe (European Commission, 2011–2013)
  • Linguistic Variation in the Province of Satakunta in the 21st Century (Satakunta Regional Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, 2007–2013)
  • Language learning and social media: 6 key languages (European Commission, 2010–2012)
  • Westh Codex (Finnish Cultural Foundation, 2010–2012)
  • Subtitles and language learning, Lifelong Learning programme (European Commission, 2009–2012)
  • Silence as Voice: Reempowering the disempowered in contemporary English literatures (Academy of Finland, 2008–2011)
  • På väg mot kommunikativ kompetens: tillägnandet av svenskans struktur hos finska inlärare (Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland, 2007–2010)

Recent publications