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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

The frameworks of language and thought

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 we observe in the world. In the flow of speech we distinguish, for example, words and phrases which correspond to objects that we perceive (apple, Elizabeth, red car), as well as phrases which correspond to events that we perceive (Elizabeth ate apples in the red car).

Leino’s central concern is what the structure of language can tell us about the structure of the mind: what are the habitual expressive tools that we use and what can these reveal about how we perceive the world around us and how we process our understanding of it? He has researched changes in Finnish infinitive constructions and tried to explain those changes through changes in the ways we perceive events. In his latest research, Leino has investigated the ways in which we understand and verbalise time and its passing.

Photo: Saara Leino.​
Photo: Saara Leino.​


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