Professor Matti Miestamo is the director of the Master's programme

  • Main fields of research are language typology with a broad comparative perspective using extensive world-wide language samples as well as language documentation and description
  • Research interests include negation, interrogatives, language complexity, typological theory and methodology
  • Focus of the documentary and descriptive work is on the Skolt Saami language spoken in northern Finland
  • Teaches courses on a wide variety of topics ranging from general theory and method to specific themes related to his research interests
  • Supervises theses on a broad array of subjects within the field of general linguistics

Matti Miestamo online:

Lotta Aunio

  • University Lecturer in Bantu languages
  • Research interests include phonology and tones, morpho-syntax, and East and South African languages.
  • Teaches a variety of topics related to African languages, such as Swahili language, Bantu linguistics, tonology, and field methods.

Lotta Aunio online:

Mathias Creutz

  • University Lecturer in language technology
  • teaches courses on bachelor and master’s level
  • has worked as a researcher and software developer both at universities and in companies
  • interested in data-driven methods for multi-lingual language processing, computational morphology, and language learning (among other things)
  • likes organic farming, to drink tea and read books

Mathias Creutz online:

Axel Fleisch

  • Professor of African Languages and Cultures
  • Research interests include first and foremost African languages, and those aspects of cultural history that can be accessed through language data. In terms of geographic areas, the focus is on southern Africa, the Portuguese-speaking countries and the Berber/Amazigh-speaking communities in North Africa and Europe. 
  • In addition to courses on linguistic topics relating to Bantu and Berber/Amazigh, teaching includes courses on linguistic anthropology and African cultural history.

Axel Fleisch online:

Ekaterina Gruzdeva

  • A Docent and University Lecturer in General Linguistics.
  • A field linguist and descriptive grammarian working in particular with the Paleosiberian isolate Nivkh language spoken on the Sakhalin Island and in the Amur region of Russia.
  • Has published several works on the Nivkh language and sociology, as well as on general grammatical topics, language endangerment and revitalization.
  • Most recently she is involved in international projects on Nivkh language revitalization andka North Pacific Rim areal typology.

Ekaterina Gruzdeva online:

Riho Grünthal

  • Professor of Finnic languages
  • Prevailing topic of research is language change both in terms of typology, language contacts and language sociology, focus mainly on western Uralic languages, most notably at the northern Baltic Sea area and Central Russia.

Riho Grünthal online:

Juha Janhunen

  • Historical and comparative linguistics of the Eurasian realm, especially Uralic and "Altaic";
  • Geography and ethnocultural dimensions of linguistic diversity, especially in Eurasia;Writing systems and written languages of Central and East Asia. 

Juha Janhunen online:

Seppo Kittilä

  • Current project aims at contributing to our understanding of evidentiality by examining the notion from numerous novel perspectives and by focusing on features and languages that have not gained enough attention thus far. First, we will have a large-scale comparison of languages with and without obligatory evidentiality. Second, we will take a closer look at how person affects the use and meaning of different evidential markers. What kind of discourse functions evidential markers acquire and why? Finally, our goal is to challenge the idea that evidentiality is only, or even primarily, about the speaker’s source of information, but other persons present in the discourse also contribute to the use of evidentials. The project studies the relevant aspects from a broad cross-linguistic perspective, in addition to which it has two areal foci; Amdo Sprachbund and Uralic languages.

Seppo Kittilä online:

Mietta Lennes

  • M.A.


  • Language data management
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Phonetics and speech analysis methods


  • Phonetics of conversational Finnish

Other fields of expertise

  • Corpus processing; especially annotation methods and analysis workflow
  • Praat scripting
  • User support in the Language Bank of Finland

Mietta Lennes online: 

Krister Lindén

  • Research Director of the Language Bank of Finland 2010-
  • National Coordinator of FIN-CLARIN 2015-

Research Interests

  • Multi-Lingual Semantics for Text and Data
  • Tools and Resources for Research Infrastructures
  • Text-for-Data Production from Sound, Video and Pictures

Krister Lindén online: 

Jouko Lindstedt

  • Professor of Slavic Philology since 1986.
  • Slavic languages, language contact, areal linguistics, prehistoric language spreads, the social context of language change.

Jouko Lindstedt online:

Kaius Sinnemäki

  • An Academy of Finland post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Modern Languages
  • Research interests include the cross-language distribution of grammatical complexity and the ways in which linguistic structures may adapt to different contexts.
  • In his 2011 dissertation he developed a typological approach to language complexity.
  • In his newest project he adapts this approach to case, definiteness, gender and number and researches their interaction across languages and modalities (spoken vs. sign language).
  • Besides his purely linguistic activities,  has been involved in developing the field of digital humanities at the University of Helsinki.
  • Coordinates ProFini 2017, a multidisciplinary network of humanists and social scientists that researches the protestant roots of Finnish national identities as a way of honoring the centennial of Finland’s independence and the fifth centennial since the beginning of the Reformation in 2017.
  • Prior to his current position he was a fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

Kaius Sinnemäki online:

Jörg Tiedemann

  • Professor of language technology at the University of Helsinki since August 2015.
  • Received his Ph.D. in computational linguistics from Uppsala University in 2003.
  • Work is mainly focused on machine translation, question answering and data mining from multilingual resources.
  • Recent research emphasizes cross-lingual natural language processing with a focus on morphologically-rich languages and low-resource languages.
  • During his Ph.D. he spent a year at the University of Edinburgh and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Groningen within a project on multi-modal information extraction.

Jörg Tiedemann online:

Mikko Tolonen

  • Professor of research on digital resources
  • An intellectual historian who works in the field of digital humanities.

Mikko Tolonen online:

Tia Svanberg

  • Education coordinator (English Studies & LingDA)
  • MA