Meet the people in the programme

As a student in the Master’s Programme in Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities, you benefit from the expertise of numerous inspiring scholars with solid teaching experience and broad researcher credentials.

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Director of the degree programme

University Lecturer, Director of the MA Programme Mathias Creutz assists the press and media in matters concerning research and studying in the Master's Programme in Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities.
“I am a lecturer of language technology at the University of Helsinki. Currently, I am also the director of the LingDig master’s programme. I teach courses on computational morphology, syntax and semantics on both bachelor and master’s level. In addition, I am responsible for basic courses in Python programming and machine learning. I am involved in a research project called Behind the Words, where we use computational models to study paraphrases, that is, sentences that look very different on the surface but yet have the same meaning. I am also interested in machine translation and texts produced by language learners. Previously, I was involved in automatic speech recognition, unsupervised morphology, language modeling and search technology. I worked in the IT sector for ten years before becoming a lecturer.”

General Linguistics

“I am professor in General Linguistics at the University of Helsinki. My primary research fields are language typology taking a broad cross-linguistic comparative perspective and language documentation and description. My research interests include negation, interrogatives, language complexity, typological theory and methodology. The focus of the documentary and descriptive work is on the Skolt Saami language spoken in northern Finland. My teaching includes courses on a wide variety of linguistic topics ranging from general theory and method to specific themes related to my research interests. I supervise theses mainly on subjects related to my own research foci, but also on many other general linguistic themes.”

“I am the University Lecturer of Bantu Languages at the University of Helsinki. I teach African Studies, Swahili language and Linguistics. My PhD from 2004 is a description of the Ha language, a Bantu language from Western Tanzania. In my research, I focus on description of Bantu languages, specifically phonology and tonology.”


I am a Senior University Lecturer and a Docent in General Linguistics at the Department of Languages, University of Helsinki. My research interests lie in the fields of areal typology, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, language contacts, language obsolescence, revitalization, etc. I have a long experience in linguistic fieldwork with the main focus on the Amuric languages spoken in the Russian Far East. I teach both at BA and MA levels various courses on phonology, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics, field methods in language documentation and description, language and gender, etc. 


“The prevailing topic of my research is language change both past and present. I have mainly focused on western Uralic languages, most notably at the northern Baltic Sea area and Central Russia. Teaching is an important part of my work, mainly belonging to the MA program of Finnish language and Finno-Ugric Studies and the BA program for Finnish and Finno-Ugrian languages and litteratures. Leading the doctoral program in language studies HELSLANG brings many insights to research, teaching and learning. As the president of the Finno-Ugrian Society I have an extremely unique position to look back to the history and future of Finno-Ugric studies."


"I am associate professor in quantitative and comparative linguistics at the University of Helsinki. My main research fields are language typology, corpus linguistics, and language contact research. My recent research interests include word order, argument marking, possession, nominal classification, language complexity, the theoretical and methodological foundations of language comparison, and the relationship between language and religion. I have recently taught courses on statistics to linguists, sociolinguistics, language typology, evolution of speech and language, and language contact. I supervise theses mainly on themes related to my own research and teaching foci, but also on many other general linguistic themes."

“I am Seppo Kittilä, senior lecturer in linguistics. I started my studied with German language and culture but switched to general linguistics during my PhD studies (University of Turku). I came to Helsinki in 2006. I teach linguistics courses, mostly at the BA level, but I usually teach one (special) course for LIngDig every year. I am also the supervisor of the doctoral students in languages, and I am also a HOPS supervisor. My primary research field is general linguistics and I have done research e.g., about evidentiality, ditransitives, case, grammatical voice and Finnish evidential particles. I mostly teach at the BA level (introduction to general linguistics and phonetics), semantics and pragmatics (both basic and advanced), language typology, BA seminar, special courses on topics related to my research.”

" I am an Academy of Finland Research Fellow on a project called Make it count: new advances in the study of grammatical number. I study grammatical number systems (e.g. singular, plural, dual...) and ask to what extent they are shaped by how things are in the world. I specialise in the Celtic languages (Indo-European) and especially Welsh, on which I did my MPhil (Aberystwyth University, UK) and PhD (Cambridge, UK) theses. I have since expanded my work to the typology of number, and my current project includes case studies in Celtic and in a sample of Cushitic languages (spoken in the Horn of Africa). I teach Historical Linguistics, Evolution of Language and Speech and Celtic Linguistics, as well as occasional lectures on the medieval literature(s) of the British Isles. I'd be interested to supervise theses on grammatical number, Celtic, and any topics related to my research interests: historical linguistics and language change, morphology, semantics. You can read more about my research here: "

"I am a postdoctoral researcher in project Negation in Clause Combining. I originally come from Bangkok but completed my university studies from BA to PhD in Helsinki, majoring in Uralic and Slavic linguistics. My research interests concern language history and diversification in and across Eurasia with a focus on typological change and language contact, as well as interaction between grammar and language use with a focus on definiteness, topicality and intersubjectivity. I have been working with a number of language groups, particularly Indo-European, Uralic, Altaic, Koreanic, Japonic, Sino-Tibetan and Tai-Kadai. My teaching includes historical linguistics, writing system, and courses on a particular language family/area, such as Indo-European linguistics, Uralic linguistics, Altaic linguistics and Chinese linguistics. Upon request I supervise theses methodologically and contextually related to my aforementioned areas and languages of interest."

Cognitive Science

“I am a professor and responsible for the Cognitive Science study track. My research focuses on cognition, speech and language. I use various methods (e.g., transcranial magnetic stimulation, electroencephalography and behavioural experiments) to investigate how the human brain enables us to communicate using speech and learn languages. Currently, I lead a research project on Cognitive Architecture of Language Learning, which is funded by the Academy of Finland (2021-2025). I teach several Cognitive Science courses, e.g., Language Cognition and Brain, Big Questions in Cognitive Science and Master's Thesis Seminar. I worked in the UK (Universities of Oxford and Nottingham) for 14 years before becoming a professor at the University of Helsinki.”

University Lecturer in Cognitive Science

“I am a university lecturer in Cognitive Science, and the head of the TRU research unit, and my research aim is to understand everyday and expert performance “in the wild". My group's research methods combine controlled laboratory and simulator experiments, field experiments, cognitive modelling and qualitative methods. I’m currently on a sabbattical (Academy Research Fellowship: Sense of Space 2020-2025), but I teach Cognitive Modelling Concepts, and supervise MA and PhD students.”


Professor in Phonetics

University Lecturer in Phonetics

Digital Humanities

Professor in Digital Humanities, Subject Head of Digital Humanities study track

Associate Professor in Digital Humanities

“I work as a Project Planning Officer for the FIN-CLARIN project that maintains the Language Bank of Finland. My tasks include helping researchers and students who need to use, share and publish speech and text corpora. I am a phonetician by training, and I teach online course

Language technology

Professor in Language Technology

University Lecturer in Language Technology, Director of the Master's programme in Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities

Professor in Language Technology