The exhibition shows the interviewees’ linguistic experiences and life stories in the light of text extracts and audio samples chosen from the interviews as well as their photographs. The exhibition creates an overall picture of the polyphony of everyday life in contemporary Finland.

The exhibition tour

Joensuu, the University of Eastern Finland, in the lobby of Carelia Hall (Yliopistokatu 4) from 2 to 17 May 2019

The exhibition has been on display in the following places:

The University of Tampere, the lobby of the Main Building (Kalevantie 4) from 19 February until 18 March 2019

Oulu City Library (Kaarlenväylä 3) from 19 March until 25 April 2019

The linguistic biographies were on display at an exhibition in the Aula Gallery of the Finnish Adult Education Centre of Helsinki, from 16 January until 14 February 2019 (Helsinginkatu 26).

The exhibition had a series of related lectures in the Finnish Adult Education Centre of Helsinki.


Wed, 16 January 2019, 17:00–18:00, Viipuri Hall

The researchers will present their data collection the data can be analysed and why linguistic biographies are investigated.

Wed, 16 January 2019, 18:00–19:00, Aula Gallery, Opistotalo, 2nd floor

Opening of the exhibition – Professor Pirkko Nuolijärvi will open the exhibition, and photographer Sakari Röyskö will introduce the photographs.

Wed, 23 January 2019, 17:00–18:30, Viipuri Hall

Kaarina Mononen, PhD: Multilingualism in linguistic biographies; and Professor Pirkko Nuolijärvi: The linguistic biography of a Helsinki inhabitant

Wed, 30 January 2019, 17:00–18:30, Viipuri Hall

Katri Priiki, PhD: What is irritating in language?; and Docent Hanna Lappalainen: Linguistic politeness in the light of linguistic biographies