Curriculum Vitae: Kaius Sinnemäki


Personal details

Name: Kaius Tatu-Kustaa Sinnemäki
Date of Birth: March 8, 1978
Place of Birth: Lapua, Finland
Hometown: Vihti, Finland
Nationality: Finnish
Married (to Laura Sinnemäki)


Degrees

PhD, General Linguistics, University of Helsinki, 2011 (see the publications page for a link to the dissertation).
MA, General Linguistics, University of Helsinki, 2004.
BA, General Linguistics, University of Helsinki, 2002.


Professional Career

Post-doc researcher (Academy of Finland), Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki, 09/2016-.
Post-doc researcher, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, 09/2013-7/2016.
Lecturer in general linguistics (acting), University of Tampere, 08/2012-07/2013.
Researcher (on grant), 2010-2011.
Part-time teacher, Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki, 2010.
Graduate student, Graduate school Langnet, 02/2006-12/2009.
Part-time teacher, Department of General Linguistics, University of Helsinki, 02/2003-03/2006.
Researcher, Department of General Linguistics, University of Helsinki, Academy of Finland Project The Grammatical Complexity of Natural Languages, 03/2003-01/2006.
Research assistant, Department of General Linguistics, University of Helsinki, 06-08/2002.


Grants

The Emil Aaltonen Foundation, 10 months grant for post-doc work, 2010.
University of Helsinki, 3 months grant for postgraduate work, 2010.
Finnish Cultural Foundation, 12 months grant for postgraduate work, 2009.


Scholarly Visits

Department of Comparative Linguistics (Erasmus teacher exchange), University of Zürich, 12/2014.
The Language Lab at MIT, Massachussetts Insitute of Technology, 12/2015.
Department of Linguistics, University of California Santa Barbara, 5-6/2014.
Department of General Linguistics, University of Zürich, 11/2013.
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, 09/2006.


Research Interests

Language universals and typology (why languages are the way they are).
Sampling and quantitative methods in typology.
Language complexity in all its facets.
Syntax (especially argument coding, word order, and complex clauses).
Interrelationships between language and culture.
Processing basis of typological distributions.
Adaptative nature of grammar.
History of linguistics.
Language and religion.


Scholarly Positions of Trust

Reviewer, Studies in Language, Linguistics Vanguard, Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics, SKY Journal of Linguistics.
Coordinator, HCAS Winter School on Humanities and Social Sciences, 2.-6.2.2015. Member of the Steering Committee of the graduate school Langnet (as a student rep), 1/2007-12/2008.
Member of the Executive Board of the graduate school Langnet (as a student rep), 1/2007-12/2008.
Vice Chairperson, Linguistic Association of Finland, 3/2007-2/2008.
Board member of the Linguistic Association of Finland, 2/2005-2/2008.
Vice board member of the Linguistic Association of Finland, 2/2004-2/2005.


Organization of Scholarly Meetings

Member or co-chair of the organizing committee in international symposia and conferences:
- Helsinki Collegium for Advances Studies Symposium on Big data approaches to intellectual and linguistic history, Helsinki, 1.-2.12.2014.
- Helsinki Digital Humanities Day, Helsinki, 3.12.2014.
- The Third Workshop on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics (QITL-3), Helsinki, 2.-4.6.2008.
- 'Manner' in the Theory of Language, Tampere, 20.-21.8.2007.
- Structure and Context, Turku, 21.-22.8.2006.
- Approaches to Complexity in Language, Helsinki, 24.-26.8.2005.
- The lexicon: its status in the theory of language, Turku, 18.-19.11.2004.


Membership in Scholarly Associations and Societies

Societas Linguistica Europaea, 2014-.
Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS), 2013-.
Linguistic Society of America (LSA), 2013-.
Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT), 2004-.
Linguistic Association of Finland / Suomen kielitieteellinen yhdistys (SKY), 2004-.


Courses Taught, coordinated, and to be taught

Articulatory phonetics, European Training Programme, 2002.
Basic course in phonology and morphology, University of Helsinki, 2003, 2004, 2006, University of Tampere, 2012.
HCAS Winter School On Humanities and Social Sciences (developer and coordinator), 2015.
History of linguistics and current fields of research, University of Tampere, 2012.
Introduction to general linguistics, University of Tampere, 2012, 2013.
Introduction to language typology, University of Tampere, 2012.
Introduction to syntax, University of Tampere, 2012.
Language typology – what is typological knowledge based on and how is it possible to utilize it (in Finnish)? (with Matti Miestamo). Langnet Doctoral Programme 2015. Linguistic meaning, usage and context, University of Tampere, 2013.
Quantitave typology, University of Helsinki, 2010, 2014.
Research methods in linguistics, University of Tampere, 2013.
Statistical methods for linguists, University of Helsinki, 2017.



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