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Mervi Helkkula

Born May 27, 1957, Helsinki

Master of Arts 1982, Licentiate in Philosophy 1988 and Doctor of Philosophy 2000 (French Philology), University of Helsinki

Professor of French Language, University of Helsinki 2000-
Assistant in Romance Philology 1993–2000
Researcher 1987–93
Research assistant for a research project, Academy of Finland 1985–87

Publications, research projects and other scientific activities
Research areas: linguistic examination of French literature, text linguistics, stylistics, contrastive linguistics

Photo: Mika Federley
Written by Mervi Helkkula and Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta (ed.)
Translated by Johanna Spoof. Revised by John Calton

My Best Moments at the University of Helsinki

What I recall particularly well from my career are some of the celebrations. In the year 2000, there was a wonderful atmosphere at the exceptionally festive Faculty of Philosophy degree congregation. The dinner at Finlandia Hall was a truly delightful experience, thanks to the fun people sitting at my table. For example, professors Kalevi Rikkinen and Yrjö Engeström, along with their wives, as well as an honorary doctor from the States (whose name escapes me), sat at my table.

Another fun memory has to do with my inaugural presentation in 2003: I was impressed when I spotted a retired president of the Supreme Administrative Court in the audience. He was probably honouring the occasion with his presence because he had been a student in my French course at the City of Helsinki Adult Education Centre some 20 years earlier. So there you are, you never know!



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