Johanna Isosävi


Description of research and teaching

My post-doctoral project, funded by the Kone foundation (2017­–19), concentrates on Finnish and French politeness. Politeness plays a key role in maintaining interpersonal relationships. Yet, problems arise in intercultural situations based on varying verbal (e.g., greetings, forms of address) and non-verbal (e.g., eye contact, silence) displays of politeness. This project aims to improve intercultural interaction in a globalised world.

The project is aimed at addressing the following: What kind of perceptions do outsiders carry related to (im)politeness in Finland and in France? How are these perceptions of (im)politeness re-created during discussions? What sort of variation exists in evaluations of (im)politeness in intercultural interactions? My data consist of audio- and videotaped focus group discussions and conversations between French- and Finnish-speaking participants, and are gathered in Helsinki, Lyon and Paris. During the fall semester of 2017, I was a visiting researcher in the ICAR Laboratory, in École normale supérieure (ENS) Lyon.

My previous studies cover areas of linguistics and translation. In addition to (im)politeness, my research areas include forms of address in French and verbal violence. In the area of translation, I have studied translation of French forms of address into Finnish in film dialogues, and translator students’ perceptions on post-editing of machine translation.

I am an active science communicator: I have been interviewed about my research in television, radio and journals. In addition, I write a blog in Finnish and communicate in social media, for example in Twitter.  

As for teaching, I worked as a University Lecturer in universities of Helsinki and Turku in 2012–16. I have experience in teaching in BA and MA levels in more than 20 courses in areas of language, philology and translation. My areas of speciality are teaching of EU translation and authorised translation. I have been a visiting lecturer in various courses. Furthermore, I have served as tutor teacher and second examiner of MA theses. I have a long experience in teaching working life orientation courses. I am a qualified teacher: in the University of Helsinki, I have completed 60 credits of Teachers’ pedagogical studies oriented towards adult education and also 40 credits of Advanced studies in education, especially in subject didactics.  

Description of research and teaching


Curriculum Vitae

Latest publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    Forms of address choices among Finnish and French university students and native French teachers

    Holttinen, T. E. & Isosävi, J. M., 23 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Address forms across cultures in educational settings . Bayyurt, Y., Hatipoğlu, Ç. & Marti, L. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing Company

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  2. Accepted/In press

    Cultural outsiders’ evaluations of (im)politeness in Finland and in France

    Isosävi, J. M., 13 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Politeness Research.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. SKY Journal of Linguistics 31

    Isosävi, J. (ed.), Kamunen, A. (ed.), Milla, L-M. (ed.), Mononen, K. (ed.) & Palviainen, S. (ed.), 2018, Helsinki: The Linguistic Association of Finland. (SKY Journal of Linguistics; vol. 31)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. KOME-An international journal of pure communication inquiry (Journal)

    Johanna Isosävi (Reviewer)
    17 Apr 2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  2. Core Topics in Conversation Analysis (Taught by Paul Drew, Clare Jackson, Kobin Kendrick, Richard Ogden, and Merran Toerien)

    Johanna Isosävi (Attendee)
    3 Apr 20195 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  3. Pragmatics (Journal)

    Johanna Isosävi (Reviewer)
    18 Jan 20194 Feb 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

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