VARIENG stands for the Research Unit for the Study of Variation, Contacts and Change in English. It also stands for innovative thinking and team work in English corpus linguistics and the study of language variation and change.

VARIENG members study the English language, its uses and users, both today and in the past. We are interested in how language is situated in social, cognitive, textual and discourse contexts, and produced in speaker interaction; how language varies and changes in meaning and structure; and how change is connected with language typology.

The VARIENG Research Unit was founded by linguists and philologists in the Department of English, University of Helsinki, in 1995. The Academy of Finland appointed VARIENG as a Finnish Centre of Excellence for a six-year term from 2000 to 2005, and again from 2006 to 2011.

VARIENG continues as a vibrant research community in the new Department of Modern Languages. In May 2012, we were acknowledged in the research evaluation of the University of Helsinki as one of the University's international cutting-edge research communities. Read more…


Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in EnglishBig Data, Rich Data, Uncharted Data
19–22 October 2015
Helsinki, Finland
  The Varieng conference on data and evidence in English language research was a success. Proceedings to follow.
Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English   Sixteen volumes of VARIENG's eSeries are available online.
Kielen kannoilla   VARIENGin tutkijoiden suomenkielinen blogi englannin kielest√§. VARIENG vastaa!
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