Johanna Isosävi

Title of Docent of French language, PhD

20042020

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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am a researcher of French (Title of Docent of French language, and PhD), a teacher and a science communicator.   

I work as a visiting scholar in the research community ICAR, at École normale supérieure in Lyon (France) for three months (January–March 2020), with a grant from the Maija Lehtonen fund (The Fund of Arts, University of Helsinki). I examine politeness in authentic interactions between Finnish- and French-speaking interactants. My data were recorded in Helsinki, Lyon and Paris (2016–17), especially during my four-month research visit to ICAR, Lyon, in the autumn of 2017. This study builds upon my postdoctoral project (2017–19) Finnish and French politeness, funded by the Kone Foundation, where I examined cultural outsiders’ perceptions of Finnish and French (im)politeness in focus group discussions. In addition to intercultural (im)politeness, I have studied for example French address forms in different types of data (e.g. films, Starbucks), and verbal violence in Internet discussions.

I am an active science communicator. I have given interviews about my research in television, radio and journals. I write a blog (in Finnish), release my own podcast Raw French (in Finnish) and communicate in social media, for example in Twitter (@johannaisosavi).  

I worked as a University Lecturer of French in the universities of Helsinki and Turku 2012–16. I have taught more than 20 courses in BA and MA levels in the areas of language and translation. My areas of speciality are EU translation and authorised translation. Furthermore, I served as a tutor teacher and a second examiner of MA theses. I have a long experience in developing and coordinating working life orientation courses at the University of Helsinki. I am a qualified teacher. I completed 60 credits of Teachers’ pedagogical studies oriented towards adult education and also 40 credits of Advanced studies in education (especially in subject didactics of foreign languages) at the University of Helsinki.  

Description of research and teaching

Education/Academic qualification

Title of Docent of French Language, University of Helsinki

French philology, PhD

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications

Cultural outsiders’ reported adherence to Finnish and French politeness norms

Isosävi, J., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Pragmatics. 155, p. 177–192 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Forms of address choices among Finnish and French university students and native French teachers

Holttinen, T. E. & Isosävi, J. M., 23 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Address forms across cultures in educational settings . Bayyurt, Y., Hatipoğlu, Ç. & Marti, L. (eds.). John Benjamins

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

SKY Journal of Linguistics, vol. 32

Isosävi, J. (ed.), Kamunen, A. (ed.), Mäkilähde, A. (ed.), Palviainen, S. (ed.) & Visakko, T. (ed.), 2019, Helsinki: Suomen kielitieteellinen yhdistys. 202 p. (SKY Journal of Linguistics; vol. 32)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Cultural outsiders’ evaluations of (im)politeness in Finland and in France

Isosävi, J. M., 13 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Politeness Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

SKY Journal of Linguistics 31

Isosävi, J. (ed.), Kamunen, A. (ed.), Milla, L-M. (ed.), Mononen, K. (ed.) & Palviainen, S. (ed.), 2018, Helsinki: The Linguistic Association of Finland. (SKY Journal of Linguistics; vol. 31)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Projects

How to address? Variation and change in address practices

Lappalainen, H., Rouhikoski, A., Nuolijärvi, P., Havu, E., Tuomarla, U., Isosävi, J., Pajusalu, R., Tiittula, L., Mononen, K., Fremer, M., Arppe, E., Holttinen, T., Piippo, I., Vecsernyes, I., Eskola, K., Peterson, E. & Vehkanen, M.

Unknown funder

01/01/201431/12/2018

Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project

Activities

École normale supérieure de Lyon, laboratoire ICAR

Johanna Isosävi (Visiting researcher)
2 Jan 202015 Mar 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Journée d’étude internationale: Approche comparative de la politesse linguistique en français et dans des langues et cultures éloignées

Johanna Isosävi (Speaker: Presenter)
25 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Communication (im)possible?

Johanna Isosävi (Member of organizing committee)
20 Feb 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Neuphilologische Mitteilungen (Journal)

Johanna Isosävi (Reviewer)
1 Apr 20206 May 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Datasessio, LIS, ICAR (Skype)

Johanna Isosävi (Speaker: Chair)
7 Apr 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars