The Professors at the Department of Modern Languages are listed on this page.




Carlson Lauri
Professor (language theory and translation)

Translation Studies

  • multilingual language technology
  • ontology, terminology
  • semantics of natural language
  • logic of dialogue

Helkkula Mervi
Professor of French language

French Philology

  • linguistic examination of French literature
  • text linguistics
  • stylistics
  • contrastive linguistics

Hietaranta Pentti
Professor of English translation)

English Translation

  • functional translation studies
  • cognitive aspects of translation
  • pragmatics

Honkela Timo
Professor of Research into Digital Materials

Language Technology

  • computational semantics and pragmatics
  • socio-cognitive modelling
  • the philosophy of artificial intelligence and its applications in the humanities and social sciences

Huttunen Tomi
Professor of Russian literature and culture

Russian Language and Literature

  • Russian Imaginism (Anatoly Marienhof)
  • montage in Russian culture (cultural semiotics)
  • Russian post-modernism (Lev Rubinstein)
  • Russian rock music and poetry

Härmä Juhani
Professor of Romance Philology

French Philology

  • syntax of old and modern French
  • contrastive French-Finnish linguistics
  • textual research
  • recent interest in the historical use of French in Finland, especially in Finnish correspondence in French

Lindstedt Jouko
Professor of Slavonic Philology

West and South Slavonic Languages and Cultures

  • development of Bulgarian and Macedonian as Balkan languages
  • origins, spontaneous change and nativisation of Esperanto as a language in contact
  • language policy in the Balkans and the European Union
  • Old Church Slavonic and early Slavonic studies
  • South Slavonic Philology
  • tense, aspect and evidentiality

Mauranen Anna
Professor of English

English Philology

  • English as a lingua franca
  • language theory

Miestamo Matti
Professor of General Linguistics

General Linguistics

  • linguistic typology
  • negation
  • interrogatives
  • language complexity
  • language documentation
  • Skolt Saami language

Mustajoki Arto
Professor of Russian Language and Literature

Russian Language and Literature

  • functional grammar
  • (Russian) corpus linguistics
  • non-standard Russian and cross-cultural communication
  • modelling of miscommunication

Nevalainen Terttu
Professor of English Philology

English Philology

  • English language and its variation and change
  • corpus research
  • historical sociolinguistics
  • English during the Tudor and Stuart period

Palander-Collin Minna
Professor of English Philology

English Philology

  • history of English
  • historical sociolinguistics
  • historical pragmatics
  • language and identity
  • language change and contact

Pettersson Bo
Professor in the Literature of the United States

English Philology

  • Anglo-American literature
  • other literatures
  • narrative studies
  • cognitive literary studies
  • literary theory and interpretation
  • the study of imagination
  • aesthetics (philosophical and empirical)
  • rhetorical figures
  • interdisciplinarity and interarts
  • popular culture

Riiho Timo
Professor of Ibero-Romance Languages

Spanish Philology, Portuguese Philology

  • linguistics
  • Ibero-Romance languages
  • historical and comparative syntax
  • prepositions
  • personal pronouns

Tiedemann Jörg
Professor of Language Technology

Language Technology

  • machine translation
  • multilingual text processing
  • question answering and information extraction

Tiittula Liisa
Professor of German Language

Translation Studies

  • literary translation
  • speech-to-text interpreting
  • subtitling for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • institutional interaction
  • multimodality
  • Finnish-German business communication

Fixed-term professors

The research interests of fixed-term professors are listed on the University Lecturers page

Garavelli Enrico, Italian Philology, profile on TUHAT
Lenk Hartmut, Germanic Philology, profile on TUHAT
Nikunlassi Ahti, Russian Language and Literature, profile on TUHAT
Richter-Vapaatalo Ulrike, Germanic Philology, profile on TUHAT
Tanskanen Sanna-Kaisa, English Philology, profile on TUHAT