Matti Miestamo


Description of research and teaching

I am professor in General Linguistics at the University of Helsinki. My primary research fields are language typology taking a broad cross-linguistic comparative perspective and language documentation and description. My research interests include negation, interrogatives, language complexity, typological theory and methodology. The focus of the documentary and descriptive work is on the Skolt Saami language spoken in northern Finland. My teaching includes courses on a wide variety of linguistic topics ranging from general theory and method to specific themes related to my research interests. I supervise theses mainly on subjects related to my own research foci, but also on many other general linguistic themes.


Curriculum Vitae

Highlighted publications

  1. Standard negation: the negation of declarative verbal main clauses in a typological perspective

    Miestamo, M., 2005, Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 490 p. (Empirical approaches to language typology; no. 31)

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

  2. Language complexity: typology, contact, change

    Miestamo, M. (ed.), Sinnemäki, K. (ed.) & Karlsson, F. (ed.), 2008, Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 356 p. (Studies in language companion series; no. 94)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

  3. Negation in Uralic languages

    Miestamo, M. (ed.), Tamm, A. (ed.) & Wagner-Nagy, B. (ed.), 2015, John Benjamins. (Typological Studies in Language; no. 108)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. Nordic journal of linguistics (Journal)

    Matti Miestamo (Editor)
    2013 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

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Latest prizes

  1. Burgen Scholar

    Matti Miestamo (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Joseph Greenberg Award

    Matti Miestamo (Recipient), 25 Jul 2005

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Highlighted projects

  1. Skolt Saami documentation project

    Miestamo, M.

    01/01/2010 → …

    Project: Research project

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