In brief

Jan-Ola Östman

Curriculum vitae

Curriculum vitae in brief

Emeritus Professor of Scandinavian languages

Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian studies

P.O. Box 24, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland



ORCID 0000-0002-2658-9314


  • University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A., PhD, 1986, Linguistics
  • Åbo Akademi University, Finland, Fil.lic. (=MPhil), 1981, English language and literature
  • Åbo Akademi University, Finland, FM (=MA), 1977, English language and literature
  • Reading University, Great Britain, MA, 1976, Linguistic science
  • Åbo Akademi University, Finland, Hum.kand. (BA), 1974, English language and literature



  • 2018- Senior Professor (part-time), Dalarna University, Sweden
  • 2002-2016 Professor of Scandinavian languages, University of Helsinki
  • 2006-2010 Professor II (part-time professorship) of Scandinavian languages, University of Tromsø, Norway
  • 1998-2002 Professor of English philology, University of Helsinki
  • 1996-1999 Acting professor of General linguistics, University of Helsinki
  • 1991-1994, 1995-1996 Acting professor of English philology, University of Helsinki
  • Since 1989 Docent (a.k.a Adjunct professor) at the Åbo Akademi University
  • 1988-1998 Associate professor of English linguistics, University of Helsinki
  • 1976-1988 Various positions as teacher, lecturer, assistant, acting associate professor etc. in General linguistics and in English language and literature at the Åbo Akademi University

HONORS, research and international positions and grants

  • 2017 Elected (int'l) member (ledamot) of Kungl. Humanistiska Vetenskaps-Samfundet i Uppsala (Societas Litterarum Humaniorum Regia Vpsaliensis), Sweden
  • 2013-2016 Director of the  Doctoral program for language studies, University of Helsinki
  • 2012-2017 President of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA), Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2011 Chair of the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS)
  • 2011 Recipient of a Fest Seminar on the occasion of my 60th birthday
  • 2010-2012 Reappointed member of the Research Council for Culture and Society at the Academy of Finland
  • 2010-2011 Chair of the Board for periodicals in the Joint Nordic NOS-HS
  • 2008, 2009, 2012 External Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Research Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Freiburg, Germany
  • 2007-2009 Appointed member of the Research Council for Culture and Society at the Academy of Finland
  • 2006-2010 PI of the Helsinki part of the pan-Nordic Centre of Excellence in Microcomparative Syntax, NORMS
  • 2005-2010 PI of the Finnish part of the pan-Nordic project on Scandinavian Dialect Syntax, ScanDiaSyn
  • 2003 Recipient of the Eino Kaila Prize for best teacher of the year at the University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2002-2005 PI of the Finnish part of the pan-Nordic project on Modern imports in the languages in Norden (The MIN Project)
  • 2001 Visiting scholar at the University of California, Linguistics and the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, U.S.A.
  • 2001 Recipient of Festschrift on the occasion of my 50th birthday
  • 2000 Fellow at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1999 Elected (life-time) member of The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters (Societas Scientiarum Fennica), Finland
  • 1994-1996 PL for Academy of Finland project on Pragmatics, Ideology, and Contacts (The PIC Project)
  • 1988 Visiting professor of Linguistics (Germaanse), University of Antwerp (UIA), Belgium
  • 1977-1982, 1988-1989, 1994-1995, 2000-2001 Various research positions and projects at the Academy of Finland

Other Scientific Activities - A selection

  • 2018-2024 Member of the NPrA Consultation Board (the Nigerian Pragmatics Association)
  • Since 1994 Member of the Consultation Board of the International Pragmatics Association;n Member of its Executive Committee 2000-2007
  • Member of the Editorial Board (Specialist Board) of Text and Talk, and Advisory editor of Constructions and Frames
  • Co-editor of Handbook of Pragmatics and Handbook of Pragmatics Online
  • Co-editor of the book series Constructional Approaches to Language               

© Jan-Ola Östman 2019