The LIRA Project
Language and Integration in Rural Areas in Finland and Sweden
Co-PLs: Jan-Ola Östman & Lena Ekberg (Lund)
Joint linguistics project between the University of Helsinki and Stockholm University
Helsinki PL: Hanna Lehti-Eklund
Member of Helsinki Steering Group: Jan-Ola Östman
Parallel language use
Network & Working group appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers
Network: Parallelsproglige mål for Nordens internationaliserede universiteter
PL for both: Frans Gregersen (Copenhagen)
PI for Finland for both: Jan-Ola Östman
2011–2013 (Network); 2014–2015 (Working group)
Standard Language Ideologies in Contemporary Europe
PL: Tore Kristiansen (Copenhagen)
PI for the Finland-Swedish part of the project: Jan-Ola Östman
Funded by the Norwegian Research Council
UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
PI: Florian Hiss
Project partner: Jan-Ola Östman
The LMS RC
The Language, Meaning, and Society Researcher Community at the University of Helsinki
PL : Jan-Ola Östman
Organized seminars twice a year.
Språklig mångfald inom den högre utbildningen i Finland och övriga Nordeuropa ['Multilingualism in higher education in Finland and in the rest of Northern Europe']
PL: Tom Moring
Project member: Jan-Ola Östman
Much of my project work has a strong administrative side. As the Director (2013-2017) of the Doctoral program for Language Studies (Helslang) I am responsible for the doctoral training in language studies at the University of Helsinki, and I represent the program in international endeavors like LingNet Europe and within the joint humanities PhD Nordic Capital Universities memorandum of understanding. Detailed information about research and university administration can be found in a separate folder [under construction].
Archived but resurfacing
The MIN Project
Moderne importord i språka i Norden ['Modern imported words and structures in the languages in the Nordic countries']
PL: Helge Sandøy (Bergen); co-PL: Tore Kristiansen (Copenhagen)
PI for Finland: Jan-Ola Östman
A pan-Nordic project that investigates the use and adaptation of (English) loanwords in seven Nordic communities, and people's opinions about them and attitudes towards them. The term "modern imports" refers to (mostly English) loanwords and loan structures that have entered the Nordic countries after WWII. Issues of globalization, domain loss, and linguistic purism are central themes in the project.
The research carried out in Finland had the following members in addition to the PI: Pirkko Nuolijärvi (co-PI), Leila Mattfolk, Åsa Mickwitz, Ulla Paatola, Malin Löfström, Hanna Hakala, Saija Tamminen, Pirjo Hiidenmaa, Anu Lahtinen.
Many of the projects' publications (so far, 13 volumes) have been published in a special subseries by Novus Forlag, Oslo; at least two more volumes are forthcoming in this series.
The PIC Project
The Pragmatics, Ideology, and Contacts Project - The Prosody, Interaction Project
PL: Jan-Ola Östman
An interdepartmental project at the University of Helsinki with special focus on discourse, media, contact, ideology and responsibility. The project organizes seminars and publishes the following series/journals: PIC-Bulletin, PIC Monographs, and PIC-Reports.
The project was originally situated at the English department of the University of Helsinki, while Östman was professor there. The project was financed by the Academy of Finland for three years, 1994-1996. During 1999-2002 the project functioned in parallel with the research program Pragmatic Variability within the Research Unit for Variation and Change in English (Varieng) at the English department; during this time research within the project was jointly financed by the Academy of Finland and the University of Helsinki. In 2002 the project took the name the PIC Project, and it has functioned as a common platform for PhD candidates, post-doc and other researchers from different departments and fields with common PIC interests. Especially scholars from Scandinavian languages, English, Finnish, General linguistics, and Gender studies have been active within the project.
Members of the PIC Project in addition to the PI include Pekka Kuusisto, Anna Solin, Jarno Raukko, Diana ben-Aaron, Maija Stenvall, Taija Townsend, Ville Laakso, Ulla Paatola, Minna Paananen-Porkka, Mila Engelberg, Elizabeth Peterson.
Within the project (or in close interaction with members of the project), several PhDs theses have been written. Most of these have been published in the PIC Monographs series.
At present, there is a growing interest to seek new funding and establish a PIC2 Project.
© Jan-Ola Östman 2019