Matti Miestamo

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Description of research and teaching

I am a professor of 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.

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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)

    Publication: Book/anthologyC1 Published scientific monograph

  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)

    Publication: Book/anthologyC2 Edited book, compilation, conference proceeding or special issue of journal

  3. Negation in Uralic languages

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

    Publication: Book/anthologyC2 Edited book, compilation, conference proceeding or special issue of journal

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Highlighted activities

  1. Nordic journal of linguistics (Journal)

    Miestamo, M. (Editor)
    2013 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor 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

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Highlighted projects

  1. Skolt Saami documentation project

    Miestamo, M.

    01/01/2010 → …

    Project: Research project

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Education

Fil. toht., kielentutkimus

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