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Description of research and teaching

Education:

MA, University of Helsinki, 1973, major subject: English philology, minor subjects: Nordic philology and drama

Licentiate of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, 1984

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, 1988 (“The uses and shades of meaning of words for

‘every’ and ‘each’ in Old English, with an addendum on Early Middle English developments"; defense in Nov. 1987)

Docent of English Philology, University of Helsinki, 2014

Positions:

Hourly paid teacher in the English department and the Language Centre of the University of Helsinki 1978-1988

Research assistant of the Academy of Finland 1981-1986

Senior assistant (researcher) of the department of English, University of Helsinki 1995-1998

Lecturer/University Lecturer, Department of English, University of Helsinki, 1.8.1998-31.7.2014

Senior researcher of the Research Unit for Variation, (Contacts) and Change in English (VARIENG) 2000-2011

Docent of English Philology, University of Helsinki, 2014

Main research interests include historical study of the English language, syntax in particular.Old and Middle English indefinites and their development through the chronology of the English language. Another focus area: witchcraft trial documents, Salem 1692, language, discourse and socio-history.

 

Teaching in the past few years has covered text analysis, variation and change in the English language, early varieties of the English language (Old and Middle English), proseminars on early English historical writings and Salem witchcraft trials, introduction to medieval studies, seminar on English lexicology and discourse analysis (2012), MA thesis supervision, licentiate and doctoral thesis supervision

Curriculum vitae

After retirement (31 July 2014), I have continued academic activities as a docent of English Philology and as a senior scholar of VARIENG research community. I have given courses in Old English and provided supervision of master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • English philology, historical linguistics, medieval studies

Publications 1987 2019

"Oh! you are liars, & God will stop the mouth of liars": Impolite and aggressive discourse in Salem witchcraft trial examination 1692

Kahlas-Tarkka, L. & Rissanen, M., 1 Jul 2015, Miscommunication and Verbal Violence / Du malentendu à la violence verbale / Misskommunikation und verbale Gewalt. Tuomarla, U., Härmä, J., Tiittula, L., Sairio, A., Paloheimo, M. & Isosävi, J. (eds.). Helsinki: Société Néophilologique de Helsinki, Vol. XCIII. p. 153-168 16 p. (Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki; vol. 93).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Finnish: The Land and Language of Heroes

Kahlas-Tarkka, L., 2014, A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien. Lee, S. D. (ed.). Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell, p. 259-271 13 p. 18

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

On verb-based adverbial connectives in Middle English: Borrowing and grammaticalization

Kahlas-Tarkka, L. & Rissanen, M., 2014, Studies in Middle English: Words, Forms, Senses and Texts. Bilynsky, M. (ed.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang , p. 199-211 13 p. (Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature; vol. 44).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Comparative Studies in Early Germanic Languages: With a focus on verbal categories

Diewald, G. (ed.), Kahlas-Tarkka, L. (ed.) & Wischer, I., Oct 2013, Amsterdam: Benjamins. 312 p. (Studies in Language Companion Series; no. 138)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Projects 1995 2012

History of English Adverbial Connectives

Rissanen, M., Kahlas-Tarkka, L., Kilpiö, M. & Laitinen, M.

15/09/2010 → …

Project: Research project

Research Unit for the Study of Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG)

ben-Aaron, D., Heikkinen, K., Fodor, A., Hall, A., Hintikka, M., Honkapohja, A., Juvonen, T., Kahlas-Tarkka, L., Kaislaniemi, S., Kerttula, S., Kilpinen, P., Kilpiö, M., Korhonen, M., Laitinen, M., Lehto, A., Lähdesmäki, S. M., Marttila, V., Mauranen, A., Mäkinen, M. S., McConchie, R., Meurman-Solin, A., Nevala, M., Nevalainen, T., Nurmi, A., Nuutinen, T., Paananen-Porkka, M., Paatola, U., Pahta, P. I., Palander-Collin, M., Peitsara, K., Ratia, M., Raumolin-Brunberg, H., Rissanen, M., Sairio, A., Sorva, E., Suhr, C., Stenvall, M., Säily, T., Taavitsainen, I., Hiltunen, T., Timofeeva, O., Tissari, H., Tyrkkö, J., Valtonen, I., Vartiainen, T., Vasko, A. & Österman, A.

01/01/2005 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

Early English Text and Corpus Studies

Kahlas-Tarkka, L., Kilpiö, M. & Rissanen, M.

31/08/1995 → …

Project: Research project

Corpus of Salem Witchcraft Documents

Rissanen, M., Burns, M., Hiltunen, R., Kahlas-Tarkka, L., Kytö, M. & Peikola, M.

20/10/201020/12/2012

Project: Research project

Activities 1995 2012

International Conference of Dialogic Language Use 3: Miscommunication and Verbal Violence

Leena Kahlas-Tarkka (Speaker: Presenter)
15 Aug 201217 Aug 2012

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

New Approaches in English Historical Lexis, Hel-Lex

Leena Kahlas-Tarkka (Attendee)
7 Mar 201210 Mar 2012

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

Bodleian Library

Leena Kahlas-Tarkka (Visiting researcher)
13 Dec 201218 Dec 2012

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

State University of St Petersburg

Leena Kahlas-Tarkka (Visiting researcher)
14 May 201220 May 2012

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

17th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics

Leena Kahlas-Tarkka (Speaker: Presenter)
20 Aug 201225 Aug 2012

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

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