Contact Information

French Philology belongs to the Department of Modern Languages

Contact details can be found on the staff members' individual TUHAT-pages, and office hours are listed in Flamma-intranet.

P.O. Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40, 5th floor)
00014 University of Helsinki

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Research and Postgraduate Studies

kiemuraToday, research conducted in the discipline focuses primarily on linguistics and literature. The study of the language and literature of the Middle Ages, which propelled the Finnish school of philology into worldwide fame in the field of Romance studies – especially in the French language – in the 19th century, is less practised today. However, certain researchers have continued publishing high-quality editions of French texts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance in recent decades.

The focus areas of research in the discipline include

  • Contrastive linguistics between Finnish and French
  • The syntax of Modern and Old French
  • The study of texts and discourses
  • 20th century literature
  • The study of translation and interpreting
  • French as a foreign language
  • French as a lingua franca/French in Finland in past centuries
  • The study of spoken language, interaction and prosody

The research conducted in the discipline reflects well the focus areas of research at the Department because it features the study of linguistic diversity, conversation and interaction as well as of corpora.

The joint research project on terms of address was funded by the University of Helsinki from 2005 to 2007 (see also the end publication of the project (in Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese)). Some of the project’s researchers are now involved in the Miten puhutella? Puhuttelutapojen vaihtelu ja muutos (“How to address? Change and variation in forms of address”) research project, led by Hanna Lappalainen, which received Faculty funding for 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2017.

Postgraduate studies

More information on postgraduate studies is available on the website of the Faculty of Arts.

Networks and cooperation

Some of the discipline’s researchers belong to the following University of Helsinki research communities: ILLC (Interfaces between Language, Literature and Culture), CoCoLac (Contrasting and Comparing Languages and Cultures) and TraST (Translation Studies and Terminology Research Community). The latter two were awarded funding for a four-year period (2013–2016) for being successful in the 2005–2010 evaluation of research and doctoral education.

The discipline’s staff and researchers also belong to other research networks at the University.

For more information about individual researchers and their networks, see the Staff webpage and the TUHAT research database.

The discipline’s partners also include the disciplines of French philology at Finnish universities and several universities abroad (for instance, the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle (Collège doctoral européen (in French only))); the Lattice research community; the University of California, Berkeley; and the Gramm-R network (in French only) coordinated by Université libre de Bruxelles.

Colloquia and congresses

The discipline of French philology and its staff have been involved in the organisation of many international colloquia and congresses. These include

  • The colloquia of Finnish-French contrastive linguistics in 1987, 1994 and 2002 (published in a departmental series)
  • SILF (Société Internationale de Linguistique Fonctionnelle), 2005
  • RSL IV (Représentations du sens linguistique), 2008
  • Dialog3, 2012
  • AIEMF (Association Internationale pour l’Étude du Moyen Français), 2014
  • DéterminationS 2014 (organised by CoCoLaC and the Gramm-R network)
  • An international postgraduate seminar in cooperation with Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 (Séminaire itinérant, 2014)


Since the late 1800s, the discipline of French philology has published numerous doctoral dissertations in the fields of philology, linguistics and literary studies, and has in this respect been the most productive discipline of its kind amongst Finnish universities. On average, it publishes dissertations every other year.

The discipline’s Master’s and Licentiate theses as well as doctoral dissertations between 1973 and 2009 have been compiled into a thesis database. Master’s theses published from 2010 onwards can be found on the webpages of the Department of Modern Languages.

The former Department of Romance Languages and the discipline of French philology have published a publication series since 1982. After the language subject departments merged into the Department of Modern Languages in 2010, the series was renamed as Publications romanes de l’Université de Helsinki. These publications are sold at the Unigrafia online bookstore.

The staff and researchers of the discipline have published their doctoral dissertations and edited several compendia, including the documents related to the above-mentioned colloquia and congresses, in Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki (in French only), the publication series of the Modern Language Society.