Anu Lehto

Anu Lehto is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki.

She defended her PhD thesis in 2015 on linguistic complexity in Early Modern English parliamentary acts and proclamations. Her post-doctoral research continues the work on historical legal texts by focusing on parliamentary acts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition, she is a member of the Scientific thought-styles project and participates in the compilation of a corpus of eighteenth-century medical texts.

Contact information

MA, Postgraduate researcher

PL 24, 00014 Helsingin yliopisto, Finland

E-mail: anu.lehto(at)

Research interests

I have a special interest in historical legal writing, encompassing both syntactic and textual level features of national legislation. I am currently also studying the representation of different social groups in historical parliamentary acts. In general, I am interested in genre studies, historical pragmatics and corpus linguistics. My research further revolves around historical medical writing and especially on texts on medical institutions and public health.

Research profile in TUHAT

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