In detail

Curriculum vitae in detail

Emeritus professor of Scandinavian languages

at Nordica in the

Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies

University of Helsinki

P.O.Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40 / Fabianinkatu 39)

FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland

e-mail: jan-ola.ostman[e-mail_at]helsinki.fi

janola.ostman[e-mail at]gmail.com

 

 

Present academic positions

  • Emeritus professor of Scandinavian languages at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Tenured, Swedish-language position; appointed July 23, 2002. Areas of special responsibility: dialectology, sociolinguistics, and language history.
  • Docent (a.k.a. Adjunct professor) of General linguistics at the Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Appointed 1989.

 

Education and degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A., 1986. [Field: Linguistics. Dissertation: Pragmatics as implicitness. An analysis of question particles in Solf Swedish, with implications for the study of passive clauses and the language of persuasion.] Co-chairs: Charles J. Fillmore & Robin Tolmach Lakoff + Paul Kay, Johanna Nichols (&Leanne Hinton, Wallace Chafe)
  • [M.Phil.] Filosofie licentiat (fil. lic.), Åbo Akademi University, Finland, 1981. [Main subject: English language and literature; subsidiary: General linguistics (at the University of Helsinki). Thesis: Functional Text Semantics. On a shift of emphasis in linguistics.] Chair: Nils Erik Enkvist
  • Candidate of Philosophy (Cand. Phil.) [Advancement to candidacy], University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A., 1981. [field: Linguistics.]
  • [M.A.] Filosofie kandidat/magister (fil. kand./fil. mag.), Åbo Akademi University, Finland, 1977. [Main subject: English language and literature; subsidiaries: literary science, Swedish (language), philosophy, education. M.A. thesis (thesis pro gradu): A Word‑Text‑Context approach to semantics. An essay on determinism in linguistics.] Chair: Nils Erik Enkvist + Håkan Ringbom
  • Master of Arts, Reading University, Great Britain, 1976. [field: Linguistic Science] Special field: Grammatical theory (Peter Matthews, Irene Philippaki-Warburton) + Frank Palmer, Malcolm Petyt, David Chrystal, Peter Trudgill
  • [B.A.] Kandidat i humanistiska vetenskaper (kand. hum.), Åbo Akademi University, Finland, 1974.
  • High-school diploma [Studentexamen], Vasa svenska lyceum, Vaasa, Finland, 1970.

 

Languages

  • Mother tongue: Swedish (the Solv dialect and standard Finland Swedish)
  • Advanced: Finnish, English
  • Other working languages of which I have some knowledge: Norwegian, Danish, German, Latin, French, FinSL
  • Languages of special interest: Såłv (the Solv dialect) and other North-Germanic dialects, Hualapai (Walapai), Nahuatl, FinSSL, all languages in the north of Europe (Norden) and in Finland and its neighbors

 

Prominent research areas and areas of interest

Pragmatics, discourse and media; construction grammar and construction discourse; minorities, dialects, language contact, identity and variability; language policy, sociology of language, ideology and applied linguistics

See separate folder.

 

Research-related positions (for Research projects generally, see separate folder)

  • Director of the Doctoral program for language studies (Helslang) at the University of Helsinki 2013-2016
  • President of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) 2012-2017
  • PI of the Finnish part of the Nordic Council of Ministers' working group on Parallel language use, 2014-
  • PL of the LMS (Language, meaning, and society) RC (Researcher community) at the University of Helsinki, 2011-
  • PI of the Finland-Swedish part of the pan-European SLICE Project (Standard-language ideologies in contemporary Europe), 2009-
  • PL of the interdepartmental PIC Project (Pragmatics, ideology, and contacts) at the University of Helsinki, 1993-

 

Appointments and job history

  • Professor of Scandinavian languages at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Tenured, Swedish-language position; appointed July 23, 2002. Areas of special responsibility: dialectology, sociolinguistics, and language history. Retired July 31, 2016.
  • [Under construction]

 

Distinctions, honors and prizes

See separate folder.

 

Academic promotion and evaluation of theses and degrees

Theses supervision

I have supervised some 25 doctoral dissertations, four M.Phil. theses, and over 260 M.A. theses. For a full list of supervised and completed (M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.) theses and dissertations, see separate folder.

 

Supervision in graduate schools, doctoral programs, and research seminars

In addition to having had official theses advisory tasks, I have been an active supervisor of doctoral dissertation in the departments where I have had professorial duties, and in the following national graduate schools in Finland,

  • Semantics and the Processing of Meaning ['Merkitys ja sen kielellinen prosessointi'] 1995-1998
  • Langnet (The Finnish Graduate School in Language Studies) 1999-2002
  • Langnet (2) 2003-2006
  • Langnet (3) 2007-2011

and in the Doctoral Program for Language Studies at the University of Helsinki 2013-

 

Membership in Editorial Boards for journals

For main (co-)editor of journals and book series, see separate folder.

  • Constructions and Frames (John Benjamins Publishers)
    • Advisory editor, 2009-
  • Text and Talk (Walter de Gruyter)
    • Specialist editor, 2014-

Member of editorial board, 2005-2014

Member of editorial board of Text, 2003-2005

  • Arkiv för nordisk filologi
    • Member of editorial board, 2010-
  • Journal of Intercultural Communication
    • Member of editorial board, 2007-
  • APPLES - Journal of Applied Language Studies
    • Member of editorial board, 1999-
  • Maal og Minne
    • Member of editorial board, 2006-2010
  • Cognitive linguistics
    • Member of editorial board, 2004-2006
  • SKY Journal of Linguistics
    • Member of editorial board, 1995-2000
  • Pragmatics (IPrA)
    • Member of editorial board, 1994-200x
  • Journal of Pragmatics
    • Co-editor, 1986-1992

Member of editorial board, 1992-2014

 

 

Jan-Ola Östman

Curriculum vitae

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