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Ritva Laury

Born August 27, 1950, Turku

Slater International Fellow in Sociology, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1971-1972, BA 1973, Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland, MA in linguistics (with distinction), California State University, Fresno 1983, PhD in linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara 1995.

After receiving her BA degree from the Helsinki School of Economics, Laury completed her MA and Ph.D in California and worked there for many years before returning to Finland in 2003. At the University of Helsinki, she has worked at the Department of Linguistics (2003-2007) and since 2007 she has been Professor of Finnish at the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugric and Scandinavian Studies. She is Professor Emerita of Linguistics at the California State University.

Photo: Ari Aalto
Authors: Ritva Laury and Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta (ed.).
Translated by John Calton.


Ritva Laury’s family – her husband, a lifelong beekeeper, and their two daughters – live in the United States, where Laury spends part of the year. In Finland, she enjoys the changing seasons and foraging for mushrooms and berries.

In California she loves to garden and cook. She loves reading. Since the birth of her first grandchild, she has taken up knitting again.

Photo: Ritva Laury​


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