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Terhi Ainiala

Terhi Tuulikki Ainiala
Born July 4, 1967

Master of Arts 1991 and Doctor of Philosophy 1997 (Finnish Language), University of Helsinki.

Finnish language University Lecturer 2012- , University of Helsinki

Researcher, Special Investigator, Head of Research Division, Institute for the Languages of Finland, 1991-2011; Research Assistant, Academy of Finland 1995-97 (on secondment from Institute).
Docent in Finnish Language, 2003-, University of Helsinki

Publications, research projects and other academic activities
Research interests: onomastics, specialising in socio-onomastics and urban place names; slang

Written by Terhi Ainiala and Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta (ed.)
Translated by John Calton

My dream

I dream about a multidisciplinary project in which toponyms are examined from different points of view and where toponymy constitutes a body of research material. The project would combine research findings and teaching, and the students would present their degree work as part of the project. In a way my dream has already come true in the multidisciplinary projects examining Helsinki. My hope is that these are a source of joy and benefit for local people and others who have dealings in the city.

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