I am professor of English Philology and head of the English Unit at the Department of Modern Languages, and senior researcher at the Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG), University of Helsinki.
My main research interests include historical sociolinguistics, historical pragmatics and corpus linguistics, and currently I cooperate with with Minna Nevala and Anni Sairio in the DYLAPS project, funded by the Academy of Finland.
I am interested in stylistic variation and change in letters and identity related persuasive strategies in early advertisements. I explore language practices in socio-cultural contexts and develop corpus methodologies for doing this, seeking inspiration and models in social sciences.
I supervise MA theses and PhD theses on topics relating to English language variation and change, sociolinguistics, pragmatics and discourse studies.