The English unit is home to a variety of research projects in both linguistics and literature. A good way to become familiar with research is to write your Master’s thesis on a topic related to an ongoing research project.
Internationally, English scholars at the University of Helsinki are particularly well known for the study of the history, variation and change of the English language. Researchers have developed a wealth of digital text collections (corpora) for research purposes. You can learn more about this research on the website of the VARIENG research unit.
Other topics studied include English as a global language and lingua franca, language policy in academic settings, digital or computer-mediated discourse and multimodality. Methods are drawn from pragmatics, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis, among others.
Literary studies in the discipline are also active – the staff members study all kinds of literature in English from the 1500s to the present. Key subjects include Anglo-American fiction, postcolonial and migrant literature, Renaissance drama and poetry, science fiction and fantasy. Primary material features novels, short stories, poems and plays, and the methods employed include narratological, postcolonial and cognitive approaches, in use for example in the Instrumental Narratives project.