The Department of Modern Languages
PO Box 24
00014 University of Helsinki
Unioninkatu 40 B, 6th floor
nykykielet-toimisto [at] helsinki.fi
The Department of Modern Languages is part of the
Faculty of Arts.
- Baltic Languages and Cultures
- Cognitive Science
- English Philology
- French Philology
- General Linguistics
- Germanic Philology
- Italian Philology
- Language Technology
- Portuguese Philology
- Russian Language and Literature
- Spanish Philology
- Translation of English
- Translation of German
- Translation of Russian
- Translation Studies
- West and South Slavonic Languages and Cultures
The research projects and some of the theses of the department are primarily directed towards the following focus areas:
- Research in cultural and linguistic diversity
- Conversation and interaction research
- Language technology and corpus research
The department possesses diverse competences in these fields as well as good opportunities for cooperation across different disciplines and departments.
Emerging fields include research of concepts and intellectual history, and Europe research. The department boasts research traditions with regard to the first theme, for example, in questions pertaining to the tradition of textual interpretation. The latter theme, especially as by definition it includes Russia research, lies at the core of the geographical territory of the department.
The aim is that all lecturers conduct research and/or write publicly available study materials and that all researchers also teach.
More information on research projects and units as well as researchers and publications can be found on Research Database TUHAT.
Projects with external funding:
- Language regulation in academia
- Dynamics of Change in Language Practices and Social Meaning (1700–1900)
- Reassessing language change: the challenge of real time
- Interfacing structured and unstructured data in sociolinguistic research on language change
- FIN-CLARIN: Integrating the language resources in Finland
- Finno-Ugric Languages and the Internet
- EVIDEGO: Interactional, cross-linguistic, theoretical and areal perspectives on evidentiality and egophoricity
- Dynamics of Change in Language Practices and Social Meaning (1700–1900) (project blog)
- ELFA project (English as a Lingua Franca in Academic Settings)
- Digital Humanities (by Professor Timo Honkela)
- (Language) Variety is the Spice of Life (personal blog by University Lecturer Elizabeth Peterson)
The postgraduate degrees available at the Faculty of Arts are Doctor of Philosophy and Licentiate of Philosophy. More information is available on the Faculty website.