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Terttu Nevalainen

Taimi Terttu Annikki Nevalainen
Born May 31, 1952, Vuolijoki

Master of Arts 1977 (English philology, phonetics, general linguistics, Romance philology), PGCE (English) 1978, Licentiate 1986 and PhD 1991, University of Helsinki; postgraduate studies 1980–81, University College London

Professor of English Philology 1997–, University of Helsinki
Academy Professor 2010–14, Academy of Finland
Leverhulme Visiting Professor 2007, University of Sheffield
Senior researcher 1996–97, 2001–02, 2008–09, Academy of Finland
Associate professor 1993–97, University of Helsinki
Visiting researcher and lecturer 1992, 1994 and 1996, University of Cambridge

Publications, research projects and other academic activities

Research themes: English language and its variation and change, corpus research, historical sociolinguistics, English during the Tudor and Stuart period.

Awards and special achievements:
Prize for best doctoral thesis 1991, University of Helsinki
Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters 2001–
Festschrift Variation Past and Present 2002
City of Helsinki Science Award from 2006

Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
Written by Terttu Nevalainen (Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta, ed.)
Translated by Matthew Billington

Communities at the University

Many of my best memories from the University of Helsinki—students graduating, funding being granted, new research ideas—are related to the various communities within which I have worked over the years. Also important are the places where members of these communities naturally meet each day. A long time ago, while working on a research grant, I had my own cell in the attic of Mariankatu 11. The horizons of this philologist were broadened when a community of young researchers formed in the attic and I met daily with other humanities students as well as with theologians, law students and political scientists.

The longstanding home of the VARIENG Centre of Excellence on Vironkatu 1 brought us English scholars together with musicologists. Rumour had it that at night the lift was sometimes operated by a ghost named Aleksi, although to my disappointment I never did manage to catch a glimpse of him. I had also previously studied phonetics and general linguistics in the comfort of Vironkatu. The common room of the Department of Modern Languages on the 6th floor of the Metsätalo building now brings members of the department together, irrespective of language or job description. Coffee also enlivens the meetings.

Stairs leading up the research area at Mariankatu 11. Photo by Terttu Nevalainen.


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