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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

Prizes and special achievements

  • Dyos Prize for the best article submitted to Urban History (Cambridge University Press) in 2008. Article Industrial urbanization, working-class lads and slang toponyms in early twentieth-century Helsinki by Heikki Paunonen, Jani Vuolteenaho & Terhi Ainiala.
  • ‘Best urban essay’ 2005: ’Urbaanin paikannimistön haasteita – kielitieteen ja maantieteen tieteenalatraditioista arkiseen käyttönimistöön Helsingin metropolialueella’.(’The challenges of urban toponymy–from linguistic and geographical academic traditions to everyday toponymy in the Helsinki metropolitan area’)  Jani Vuolteenaho & Terhi Ainiala, Alue ja ympäristö 34, 2005. (‘Area and environment’ journal)
  • Teachers’ Academy, member: awarded 2015
  • Society for the Study of Finnish, Doctoral thesis award 1998
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