Jaakko Leino
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Jaakko Leino

Professor Jaakko Leino is interested in the form and meaning of language, as well as the relationship between language and thought. He has researched grammatical phenomena and their changes from different angles and varieties of language. He is also interested in the content of the Finnish language curriculum at school and issues related to the social status of the Finnish language.

Jaakko Leino

Jaakko Matti Leino
Born March 25, 1971, Espoo

Master of Arts, 1997, Doctor of Philosophy (Finnish Language), 2003, University of Helsinki

Professor of Finnish, 2011– , University of Helsinki

Co-ordinator, language studies doctoral programme Langnet, 2003–06
Professor of Finnish, University of Jyväskylä, 2006–07
University Lecturer in General Linguistics, University of Helsinki, 2007–08
Professor of Finnish, Åbo Akademi University, 2008–09
Researcher, Institute for the Languages of Finland, 2009–11

Research interests:
Cognitive linguistics, construction grammar, syntax, semantics, language frameworks, dialect syntax

Publications, research projects and other academic activities

Photo: Saara Leino
Written by Jaakko Leino, Kaija Hartikainen (ed.)
Translated by Joseph McVeigh

A large part of professor Jaakko Leino’s research comes within the scope of construction grammar. The main idea is that the way in which a person observes the world and language is limited. From streams of speech and written texts we perceive those entities which correspond conceptually to the entities…

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