Research team

The Jyväskylä Discourse Hub crew shares a critical interest in language in society. We foreground a view on language as socially conditioned and consequential practice and examine how multilingual and multimodal resources are used across various spaces and times. We are particularly interested in practices and resources related to identity, power, multilingualism, economy, work, law and various other kinds of personal, institutional and societal arrangements.

Our work explores multidisciplinary, multimodal and rhizomatic approaches in discourse studies. For this, we draw on critical discourse analysis, multi-sited ethnography, interaction analysis and multimodal discourse analysis, nexus analysis and assemblage approaches. In doing so, we reach out to related fields such as applied language studies, sociolinguistics, and linguistic anthropology.

Recent and ongoing research projects

  • Cold Rush: Dynamics of language and identity in expanding Arctic economic hotspots. (Academy of Finland, 2016–2020, PI: Sari Pietikäinen)
  • Peripheral Multilingualism: A sociolinguistic ethnography of contestation and innovation in Multilingual minority language sites. (Academy of Finland, 2011–2015, PI: Sari Pietikäinen)
  • Power play: Discourses of language, identity and mobility in a trans-atlantic hockey market (Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä, 2015–2016, PI: Sari Pietikäinen).
  • Northern multilingualism: Discourses, practices and experiences (Academy of Finland, 2008–2011, PI: Sari Pietikäinen).
  • Negotiating International Criminal Law: A courtroom ethnography of trial performance at the International Criminal Court (Academy of Finland, 2019–2023, PI: Sigurd D’hondt)

Below you will find links to our individual webpages where you can learn more about our backgrounds and research interests.  Our team’s core research areas are also profiled below.

The crew

Sari Pietikäinen

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Professor of Discourse Studies, University of Jyväskylä

Research Interests:

Multilingualism, heteroglossia, minoritized language communities, Sámi communities, language ideological processes, rhizomatic discourse analysis, critical discourse studies, media studies, ethnography, visual methods

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Sigurd D’hondt

Associate professor, University of Jyväskylä

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Sanna Tapionkaski

Dr. Sanna Lehtonen

Senior Lecturer, Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä

Research interests:
language and gender, identity, critical discourse studies, feminist discourse studies, narrative studies, culture studies, literary studies, fan studies, (new) media discourses, fantasy, science fiction.

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Sarah Compton

Sarah Compton

Ph.D. Candidate, Discourse Studies, University of Jyväskylä

Research interests:

My research interests lie at the intersections of language-in-education policy and multimodal-multilingualism. In particular, I am interested in how sign and spoken languages are managed in homes, at school, and within society.

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Maiju Strömmer

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Postdoctoral Researcher, Cold Rush project, University of Jyväskylä

Research interests:
Migration Studies, Multilingualism, Second language learning, Work-related language learning, Language and Identity, Linguistic Ethnography, Nexus Analysis, Discourse Analysis.

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Minna Tiainen

Ph.D. Candidate, Discourse Studies, University of Jyväskylä

Research interests:

Media, Political communication, Discourse studies

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Francis M. Hult

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Associate Professor, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University
Docent/Adjunct professor, University of Jyväskylä

Research interests:

Management of linguistic diversity in multilingual social environments, with an emphasis on the impact of the international spread of English on language policies and practices. He is particularly interested in processes of language planning that attempt to manage the status of national languages with respect to minority and foreign languages in Scandinavia.

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Helen Kelly-Holmes

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Lecturer in Sociolinguistics, Assistant Dean of Research, University of Limerick
Docent/Adjunct Professor, University of Jyväskylä

Research interests:

All of my research areas fall under the broad heading of sociolinguistics, the reflexive relationship between language and society, particularly in the areas of public and media language. My specific interest is in the interrelationship between the media, markets and languages.

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Anna Solin

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University Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki
Docent, University of Jyväskylä

Research interests:

Genre, discourse and regulation, language regulation in academia,  globalisation, English in academic settings.

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Visitors

Lindsay Bell

State University of New York at Oswego

Florian Hiss

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Postdoc at UiT—The Arctic University of Norway; project leader of the project “Linguistic and Cultural Diversity at Work” (funded by the Research Council of Norway)

Research Interests:

Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis. Multilingualism in the North of Norway, language and work, language and time, language and responsibility.

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Emanuel da Silva

Emanuel da Silva

Research interests:

Ethnography, critical sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, critical discourse studies, ideologies of language and identity, the political-economy of language, post-nationalism, transgression, performativity, ethno-linguistic minorities

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Anu Karjalainen

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Research interests:

multilingualism, language ideologies, ethnography, visual and material methods, language biographies, Finnish communities abroad, Finnish as a second and foreign language

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Ingrid De Saint-Georges

Université du Luxembourg

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Monica Heller

Professor, University of Toronto

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Alexandre Duchêne

Professor, University of Fribourg/HEP

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Core research areas

  • Discourse and economy
  • Discourse and knowledge
  • Language and Law
  • Multilingual, mobile work/ers
  • Media Discourse
  • Language and Identity
  • Discourse, design and ethnography
  • Discourse, rhizome and assemblage