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I am studying English third person singular pronouns from a sociolinguistic language and gender point of view. My focus is two-fold: I study both generic pronouns (he, she, he or she, singular they) and nonbinary pronouns, that is, pronouns that can be used to refer to someone who does not identify (exclusively) as female or male, and does not wish to be referred to as a he or she. Nonbinary pronouns include singular they, and neologisms such as ze and xe.

I have collected my data with an online survey form that produced both quantitative and qualitative data. As such, my methods are varied as well. For the qualitative data I am using a mixed methods approach, combining corpus methods with thematic analysis. With the quantitative data, apart from descriptive methods, I am using logistic regression analysis as my main method to explore the variation. 

I have acted as the teaching assistant on a language and gender course three times during 2017-2019. My duties have included planning and teaching a few of the classes, as well as assessing student work. For the academic years 2018-2020 I have also been leading a writing workshop course for MA level students working on their theses. 

 

Koulutustiedot

2008-2012                          Bachelor of Arts in German philology at University of Helsinki

2012-2015                          Master of Arts in English Philology at University of Helsinki

2016-present                       Doctoral student at University of Helsinki

 

Ansioluettelo

2018-2020                        Hourly paid teacher at the University of Helsinki

2019 Fall                           Assistant teacher at the University of Helsinki

2019                                 Grant researcher, funded by the Jutikkala Fund

07/2017-12/2018              Salaried doctoral candidate at the University of Helsinki

2017 Fall                            Assistant teacher at the University of Helsinki

2017 May                           Assistant teacher at the University of Helsinki

2015 April-May                  Research assistant at project DYLAPS

 

Tieteenalat

  • 6121 Kielitieteet
  • language and gender
  • sociolinguistics

Julkaisut 2015 2015

Open access

Aktiviteetit 2018 2019

  • 3 Suullinen esitys
  • 1 Kutsuesitelmä

The importance of nonbinary pronouns: personal experiences and attitudes.

Laura Hekanaho (Puhuja)
3 toukokuuta 2019

Aktiviteetti: Puhe- tai esitystyypitSuullinen esitys

Is English ready for new pronouns? Nonbinary pronouns: usage, acceptability and attitudes

Laura Hekanaho (Puhuja)
1 heinäkuuta 2019

Aktiviteetti: Puhe- tai esitystyypitKutsuesitelmä

Nonbinary pronouns: usage, acceptability and attitudes

Laura Hekanaho (Puhuja)
18 heinäkuuta 2018

Aktiviteetti: Puhe- tai esitystyypitSuullinen esitys

Tiedosto

A mixed methods approach to analyzing qualitative data – exploring attitudes towards nonbinary pronouns

Laura Hekanaho (Puhuja)
8 toukokuuta 2018

Aktiviteetti: Puhe- tai esitystyypitSuullinen esitys