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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.

What's best at the university

What Ritva Laury appreciates most in academic life is the opportunity to collaborate with other researchers. She enjoys teaching and advising as well as taking part in research projects.

Perhaps the best memories are created by festive academic ceremonies such as the public defence of a thesis or professorial inaugurations.

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