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  • Tallavaara, Miikka (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    Knowledge of prehistoric human population dynamics and its drivers is important for the understanding of cultural and biological evolution. Working within the human ecological framework, this study aims to contribute to that knowledge, by reconstructing hunter-gatherer population dynamics in Europe 30,000 4000 years ago and by exploring the role of climate change in population size fluctuations. Archaeological reconstructions of population dynamics in Pleistocene Europe and Holocene Finland are based on spatio-temporal distributions of archaeological radiocarbon dates, which are taken as a proxy of human activity in time and place. The reliability and validity of the population history reconstructions are evaluated by studying potentially biasing effects of research history, taphonomic loss of archaeological material, and radiocarbon calibration. In addition to making use of these archaeological methods, this study aims to develop and evaluate systematic means to use ethnographic data and palaeoclimate model simulations to reconstruct prehistoric hunter-gatherer population dynamics. This climate envelope modelling approach is used to simulate changes in population size and range in Europe between 30,000 and 13,000 years ago, and also to a lesser extent in Holocene Finland. The results suggest that archaeological reconstructions based on the distribution of radiocarbon dates are not determined or strongly affected by biases related to research history. Instead, the reconstructions appear to reflect a true demographic signal from the past. However, radiocarbon calibration introduces high-frequency variation in the reconstructions, which has to be taken into account before any demographic interpretations are made. Due to this non-demographic variation, the method may not be able to reliably detect short-term variation in past population size and it is thus currently better suited to tracking long-term trends in population history. The taphonomic loss of archaeological material can potentially have a strong impact on the distribution of archaeological radiocarbon dates, but the current methods of taphonomic correction may not sufficiently take into account the geographical variability in taphonomic factors. In the future, it is therefore important to further develop taphonomic correction methods. The ability of the climate envelope model simulation of human population to replicate archaeological patterns indicates that this novel approach is suitable for studying long-term hunter-gatherer population dynamics. The method allows not only the exploration of relative changes in population size, but also the estimation of absolute population density and size. It may also be able to detect potential inadequacies in the geographical distribution of archaeological data. In the Finnish data, the correlation between the archaeological population size reconstruction and palaeoclimatic data suggests that the climate was an important driver of long-term hunter-gatherer population dynamics, and that population appears to have changed in equilibrium with climate. The impact of the climate on human population was mostly indirect, mediated by its impacts on environmental production and consequently on food availability. The important role of climate is also supported by the correspondence between archaeological population reconstruction and the climate envelope model simulation of past human population size, which assumes long-term population dynamics to be in equilibrium with the climate. This correspondence also suggests that the impact of the climate on terrestrially adapted hunter-gatherer population dynamics has remained relatively constant from the Late Pleistocene to the present.
  • Kannas, Vappu (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    When the journals of L.M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery (1874 1942) were first published in the 1980s, they became instantly widely read, just as her best-seller novel Anne of Green Gables had done in 1908. This can partly be explained by the literary quality and readability of the journals themselves. Not much, however, has been written about these aspects of the journals. Since our understanding of Montgomery s life is largely based on her journals, it is crucial that we take a closer look at what happens in the text. This dissertation is the first extensive study of the literary facets of Montgomery s life-writing mainly her journals, but also her letters and scrapbooks. With the focus on romance, both as a rhetorical device and subject matter, I explore the way Montgomery writes about her male and female love interests with what I term fictionalisation. By analysing the ten unpublished journal manuscripts as well as the published versions of them, The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery (1985 2004) and The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery (2012 2013), I approach diary as a literary genre. I explore questions such as how editing affects diary writing and its analysis and how literary conventions are employed in diaries. I demonstrate that for Montgomery the conventional romance is often a façade, one that is undercut by more subversive nuances, as presented for instance in the discourse of female intimacy. Intimate relationships with women come out as a more satisfying alternative to the conventional romance plot. Nevertheless, when this material is transferred to Montgomery s fiction it turns into the expected conventional romance between a man and a woman. Montgomery s self-conscious way of using romance must therefore be seen as one of the main features of her journals and one that may also influence our readings of her novels. Familiar literary conventions found in the diary, from the two suitors motif to the suicidal lesbian, show how aware Montgomery was of the literary and social customs of her time, whether of the 1890s or the 1930s. The use of the motif of the fallen woman, the tragedy of Hamlet, the fairy tale, especially Cinderella, the gothic novel and the satirical diary novel showcase the diversity of Montgomery s art as she recreates the story of her own romances in her life-writing. Although Montgomery s journal portrays a rather traditional romantic heroine, the forlorn heroine of a terribly sad life story , in Montgomery s own words, I maintain that analysing her journals in the same detailed way we analyse her fiction expands on our understanding both of her life and her writing. What is more, our understanding of diary as a genre can benefit from what is found in Montgomery s highly elaborate journals.
  • Korkiakangas, Timo (Helsingin yliopisto, 2016)
    The object of this study is the case marking of the subject in early medieval charter Latin. The work explores whether and how the nominative/accusative-type morphosyntactic alignment changed into a semantically motivated (active/inactive) alignment in Late Latin before the disappearance of the case system. It is known that the accusative originally the case of the direct object extended in Late Latin to the subject function in which Classical Latin allowed only the nominative. On this basis, it has been postulated that in Late Latin the nominative/accusative contrast was (re)semanticized so that the nominative came to encode all the Agent-like arguments and the accusative all the Patient-like arguments. The study examines which semantic and syntactic factors determine the selection of the subject case in each subject/finite verb combination in the Late Latin Charter Treebank (LLCT). The LLCT is an annotated corpus of Latin charter texts (c. 200,000 words) written in Tuscany between AD 714 and 869. The central result of the study is that the Latin of the LLCT shows a semantically based morphosyntactic alignment in those parts of nominal declension where the morphological contrast between nominative- and accusative-based forms is morphophonologically intact. The following picture of intransitivity split turns up: the low-animacy subjects of the LLCT occur more often in the accusative than do the agentive high-animacy subjects. Likewise, the accusative percentage of SO subject constructions is higher than that of A/SA subject constructions. The common denominator of the examined semantic variables is likely to be the control exercised by the subject over the verbal process. Syntactic factors seem to influence the case distribution pattern as well. For example, the immediate preverbal position of the subject implies a high retention of the nominative. The immediate preverbal position of SV(O) language is a canonical subject position where the syntactic complexity measured as dependency lengths is at its lowest and the cohesion of the verbal nucleus at its highest. Thus, a by then already marked nominative form results. The control of the subject over the verbal process (semantic variable) and the cohesion of the verbal nucleus (syntactic variable) may be partly conflated, i.e., both may affect the subject case selection in certain conditions.
  • Kauppinen, Saara (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    This study discusses the language, especially the communicative structures, of Greek dialogue epigrams. The central research questions include: Who are the speakers? How are they identified? How does the recipient know when the speaker changes? How is the turn-division implied? What are the functions of the speakers? In the study, all the dialogue verse inscriptions are collected and divided according to typology that was created for this study and which is based on the pair structure. The most common adjacency pair of dialogue epigrams is a question answer pair, and many of the elements studied here are features of question structures, but other pairs, such as greeting pairs, are also taken into account. The dialogues contain either one adjacency pair (type 1), several of them (type 2) or longer, often narrative units that form pair-like structures (type 3). The types, their variants and features of the language characteristic of each are discussed using examples. Elements such as addresses, imperatives and particles are central to my argument, and speaker roles and pair structure variants are also discussed. Non-inscriptional epigrams are given as parallels for each type, and the mutual influence between them and the verse inscriptions is discussed using examples. The reception situation and possible performance of the epigrams is also discussed, and on the basis of various examples, it is stated that the representation of the speakers often implies the complex reception situation, part of which was most probably reading the epigram aloud. Epigraphic methods are used and combined, and the linguistic aspect brings a new perspective to epigraphic studies. The comparison of the verse inscriptions and the literary ones contributes to ongoing discussions on the epigram genre and its inscriptional counterparts. The material discussed is mainly from the Roman period, a phase less well discussed in recent epigram studies, and the study thus adds to our knowledge of the genre and the mutual influence between the post-Hellenistic verse inscriptions and non-inscriptional epigrams.
  • Vogt, Robert (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    Theory and Typology of Narrative Unreliability (Theorie und Typologie narrativer Unzuverlässigkeit) „The theory of unreliable narration is obviously one of the current boom-sectors of what Manfred Jahn and Ansgar Nünning have called the ‘narratological industry’“, Tom Kindt (2008: 129) writes. In a similar vein, D’hoker and Martens (2008: 2) detect „an almost uncanny centrality and importance“of the concept in the field of narratology. Indeed, debates concerning the categorization of different forms of unreliable narration, the scope of the concept and explanation models based on different approaches enjoy wide currency. In the study, I aim to develop a theory and typology of narrative unreliability. Following McHale (1981: 185) that “[b]efore a phenomenon can be explained it must first exist for those who would explain it, which means that it must be constituted as a category with boundaries and a name“, chapter II establishes a typology of narrative unreliability. Claiming that the concept of unreliability is used in different ways in narratology, I distinguish three basic forms. First, unreliability can be understood as a trait of a homodiegetic narrator or a focalizer which manifests as a questionable account or interpretation of the events in the narrative world (ironic unreliability). Second, unreliability can be regarded as a feature of the narrative discourse which leaves open whether or not a narrator or a focalizer depicts or evaluates the narrative world in an adequate way (ambiguous unreliability). Third, unreliability can designate a feature of the narrative discourse which leads the reader astray about the actual events in the fictional world (alterated unreliability). Having defined the field of inquiry, chapter III sets out to develop a model to describe and explain these different forms of narrative unreliability. After addressing some of the theoretical stumbling blocks narratologists face when theorizing narrative unreliability in fictional works, chapters IV and V I outline how insights from literary possible-worlds and cognitive narratology might help to develop a better understanding of how readers construct fictional universes in texts featuring ironic, ambiguous, and alterated unreliability. According to literary possible-worlds theory, fictional works create their own modal system of reality which consists of a multitude of worlds. In the center of each fictional universe is the so-called ‘textual actual world’ (TAW) which is surrounded by the different characters’, focalizer’s or narrator’s mental worlds. Within this theoretical framework, narrative unreliability occurs in literary works when the narrator’s or focalizer’s mental world is in conflict with TAW. As the relations between different worlds within a fictional universe are the result of interpretative processes, I argue that the main difference between the three forms of narrative unreliability lies in the way a reader makes sense of world conflicts: how he distinguishes different worlds, how he detects conflicting worlds and how he puts conflicting worlds in a hierarchical order to determine what is fact in the fictional universe. Since „possible-world approaches do not ultimately treat fictional worlds as cognitive products and do not deal with cognitive processing“ (Semino 2003: 89), chapter V addresses the question of how a reader constructs fictional universes in unreliable narratives. By recourse to insights from cognitive science – including approaches belonging to the “information processing paradigm” as well as those belonging to the mental “disposition paradigm” – I explain how readers distinguish different worlds, detect conflicting worlds and put these into a hierarchical order. In order to illustrate the scope and variety of narrative unreliability, I discuss six British and American literary works in chapters VI to VIII. Chapter VI focuses on ironic unreliability in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield and in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. Chapter VII analyses ambiguous unreliability in Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier and in Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho. Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club serve as examples of alterated unreliable narration (chapter VIII). In chapter IX, I discuss the metacognitive dimension of narrative unreliability. Assuming that „[narratives] operat[e] as an instrument of mind in the construction of reality“ (Bruner 1991: 6), I claim that narrative unreliability highlights and reflects cognitive processing of a narrator, of a focalizer, or of a reader in different ways. While ironic unreliability puts the emphasis on the idiosyncratic ways of world-making of a cognitive center (either of a homodiegetic narrator or of a focalizer), alterated unreliability with its surprising plot twist stimulates readers to go backwards and monitor how he or she was led down a garden path. I analyse Ian McEwan’s Atonement to demonstrate that the characters’ (mistaken) attempts to construct reality (ironic-unreliable focalization) is mirrored by the reader’s mistaken reconstruction of the facts and events in the fictional world (alterated-unreliable narration). The study concludes with a summary of the most important insights and a brief reflection on how the theory can be applied to other media such as film, comics or video games (chapter X).
  • Ylivuori, Soile (2015)
    My doctoral dissertation examines the complex relationship of gender construction and politeness in eighteenth-century England. It contributes to a vibrant field of historical research, examining politeness as an intellectual and cultural construct that was used to create individual and group identity. The study combines intellectual and cultural-historical methods with poststructuralist gender studies; through this interdisciplinary methodology, my goal is to introduce a novel approach to the historical research of politeness traditionally reluctant to utilise theoretical apparatuses as an aid of analysis and to suggest that such methods provide fruitful new readings of politeness and its intersection with gender, thus opening up new areas of research. The dissertation is divided into two parts. In the first part, I analyse politeness as a disciplinary practice that produced polite femininity defined in terms of softness, gracefulness, and modesty by regulating the movements and appearances of individuals bodies. This analysis is based on a wide selection of printed source material, such as conduct books, periodicals, sermons, and novels. My main argument is that the female body had a central role in the construction of normative polite femininity, both on a discursive and an individual level. Women of the social elite were urged to internalise a gendered polite identity by exercising and disciplining their bodies to meet the norms of polite femininity deemed natural despite the fact that within the heterogeneous politeness discourse, there was no consensus on what these natural norms exactly were. Moreover, I want to suggest that the ambiguous position of the body as both the means through which an identity is produced and worked on, as well as the allegedly truthful and unerring indicator of an individual s level of polite ideality created a fundamental conflict within the culture of politeness, forcing women into hypocritical positions in practice while simultaneously advocating honesty as the essential emblem of femininity. However, seeing politeness solely as a disciplinary regime provides a one-sided understanding of politeness, since it ignores individual subjectivity. Therefore, the second part of my dissertation examines the journals and letters of four eighteenth-century elite women Catherine Talbot, Mary Delany, Elizabeth Montagu, and Fanny Burney and looks at how these women dealt with the discursive ideals and demands imposed upon them. I argue that individuals had a complex relationship with discursive ideality, and that politeness was not solely a disciplinary regime that lorded over women s behaviour and identity. The profound heterogeneity of the culture of politeness gave, in itself, individuals some freedom of movement within it. More importantly, individuals engaged in specific strategies, or techniques of the self, in order to gain freedom from and within the restrictive norms of polite femininity. These strategies can be seen as clever utilisations of some of the central aspects of politeness with a subversive intent. They concentrate on challenging and redefining the naturalised formulations regarding authenticity, identity, femininity, and politeness, and include such practices as self-discipline, multiplicity of identity, play between exterior and interior, and hypocrisy.
  • Donner, Julia (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    This study examines the formation of the domestic garden in Finland 1870-1930. The purpose is to open new perspectives into how gardens, especially domestic gardens, served as a tool in building of the new nation and at the same time to explore the role of women in the process. The study is based on biographical material concerning Aino Sibelius (1871-1969) and her garden in Ainola, Järvenpää and the garden writing of Jenny Elfving (1870-1950), a teacher and prominent actor in the field of horticulture. Contemporary garden literature and articles in newspapers and magazines also served as material for this inquiry. Popular enlightenment was an essential part of the project of nation building. The notion of gardening as a tool for improving the people became one of its topics and spread widely in Finland in the last decades of the 19th century. A new type of garden for the people took shape in the popular garden literature that was published by the end of the century. This discussion links homes, gardens and women together. The analysis of Jenny Elfving´s and Aino Sibelius´s agency shows that women played vital role in the formation of the domestic garden. By hoeing and weeding, planting and tending, writing and teaching these two women defined the garden´s physical and intellectual boundaries. Their work in and for the gardens formed and reflected meanings that society assigned to gardens. Through this process the vegetable patch intended as the place for women, grew into a domestic garden, which became associated with the tools of craft and design, utility and beauty and feelings as well as the work done in the garden.
  • Klein, Ottilie ([according to German regulations a publication prior to the public examination is not permitted], 2015)
    The doctoral thesis investigates the cultural function of dramatic narratives of female murder. For this purpose, the study offers textual analyses of plays that feature female murder as a central event. Paying close attention to each play s plot, form, and dramaturgy, the study seeks to attach meaning to the dramatic function of women s homicidal action. The survey of women who kill in modern American drama that is at the heart of the study covers a seventy-year span (1910s - 1980s) that allows a mapping out of continuities and transitions in dramatizations of female murder. Given the politically charged nature of the figure of the female murderer, the study argues that there are two types of narratives of female murder in modern American drama (and beyond): one that uses women s homicidal action as a mechanism to create disorder at the level of plot to ultimately contain women s lethal threat by re-establishing order and thereby reinforcing dominant ideology, so-called narratives of containment; and one that exploits the ideologically disruptive potential of the female murderer to comment on social ills or to dismantle ideological contradictions, so-called lethal performances. The study concludes that the cultural function of narratives of female murder is intricately connected with the cultural and historical moment from which they emerge and the type of narrative they respond to.
  • Reenkola, Kaarina (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    I WANT TO ACT FOR MY COUNTRY Heikki Renvall as a mediator of transnational cultural phenomena and ideas in early 20th century Europe This dissertation focuses on Heikki Renvall's (1872-1955) role as a mediator of transnational cultural and political phenomena in early 20th-century Europe. As a national economist, he was paying attention to the factors of social reform. As one of the leaders of the political group called the Young Finns, he was able to carry out his political as well as his cultural ambitions. The aim of the dissertation is to explore which nation-building social and cultural elements Renvall was involved in and influenced by in terms of the more advanced cultures he was connected with. By examining the similarity of the ideologically based functions in Europe and in Renvall's home country Finland, his activity as a mediator shows, as well as the reception of his apparently too modern ideas. The framework for this study draws from history of ideologies and more specifically from the research on cultural transfer focused on the comparison between apparently parallel concepts. In this study, a microhistorical approach is used in examining Renvall's letters to his spouse, the opera singer Aino Ackté, as a biographical source material. As a scientist Renvall published up-to-date articles and lectures covering his field, discussing the studies at universities abroad, mainly in Berlin, Munich, Paris and London. His world of ideas appears in this material. Despite his propagandist activity, which did not go unnoticed in Finland and where the Russian government was forcing its national tendences, he was nominated as the first managing editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat in 1904. He was selected for this role because of his leading position among the Young Finns. He grounded yet another newspaper Suomalainen Kansa in 1907 to support his constitutional political mission. Renvall was fascinated by the publicity that French newspapers offered as a role model for the Finnish situation defending its threatened autonomy in 1903. He was elected as a member of the new parliament and was then able to carry through his political ambitions. In this study I bring out cultural phenomena, ideas and mode of action that were developed and modified in forcefully industrializing centrals of early 20th century Europe which Renvall seek to integrate for the benefit of his own national building country. The main argument of this study is that, as a mediator, Renvall suggested reforms that were way ahead of his time in Finland. He could be called as an intellectual cosmopolitan because he managed to create an international network while studying and travelling in Europe.
  • Savtschenko, Ritva (omakustanne, 2015)
    Summary The study takes a look at the factors that influenced the operating culture of the Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) during the first decade of incomes policy from the point of view of corporatism. The effects of the corporatist system are studied from the perspective of co-operation, resistance and democracy. The theoretical part looks at the relationship between the theory of corporatism and the trade union movement. The empirical part looks at the effect of the corporatist system on the collective labor agreement negotiations over the decades. From business, the study looks at the actions of Elinkeinoelämän valtuuskunta (EVA) and the Central Organization of Finnish Employers (STK), and from the political parties, of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Communist Party of Finland / Finnish People s Democratic League (SKP/SKDL), whose goals were tangential to those of SAK. Factors that have been highlighted as having internally affected the unified SAK are the problems with the operating cultures of two different political groups. Conflicts were caused particularly by the countless unauthorized strikes of the early 1970 s, whose causes may be studied as consequences of structural change, heavy inflation or resistance to incomes policy. In terms of SAK s basic program of 1971, the corporatist system caused problems in the implementation of member democracy. Politically, SAK was divided in two. Trade union Social Democrats were oriented towards social policy reforms like their Nordic counterparts. The People s Democrats were effectively shut out of the negotiation system, and their operation had syndicalist characteristics. The change in the internal relations developed during the latter half of the decade through the labor parties collaboration in the national government. SAK was considered to be a strong player in society, and labor market solutions were considered to have bypassed the authority of the parliament. The recession at the end of the 1970 s revealed that SAK s solutions were dictated by government policy. The view that the operation of labor parties was directed by the trade union movement proved to be wrong.
  • Lehto, Anu (Uusfilologinen yhdistys, 2015)
    The study assesses the diachronic development of complexity in Early Modern English parliamentary acts and proclamations between 1491 and 1707. Unlike previous research that focuses on syntactic complexity, my thesis forms an inclusive view by defining complexity as the number, variety and organisation of linguistic elements. Further, the study incorporates new linguistic features for the investigation of complexity and employs corpus linguistic methods to explore in more detail how these features develop in historical legal writing. The analysis is carried out in a self-compiled corpus, the Corpus of Early Modern English Statutes (1491 1707), containing parliamentary acts and proclamations. The survey also relies on genre analysis and historical pragmatics, emphasising the communicative context and socio-historical setting. The study forms a framework for analysing complexity in legal language that extends to the textual, syntactic and lexical level. The examined elements on the textual level are text structure, layout and text types. On the syntactic level, the study surveys sentence length and punctuation, coordination, binomials and multinomials and subordination. Finally, on the phrasal level lexical bundles are scrutinised in order to form a corpus-driven view of repeated patterns in the data. The analysis shows that the historical legal texts are systematic in their structure and syntax. The documents use a three-part structure including a preamble, an enactment clause and the actual orders with possible provisions. The structure is related to syntax and layout, as new subsections are signalled, for instance, by "and that"-clauses preceded by paragraph marks. Additionally, sentence length increases diachronically in the data, but punctuation and layout become more specific and develop to organise the texts into smaller units. Coordinated clauses with "and" decline in the material, reflecting a shift from orality to literacy. Subordination increases in proclamations and declines in acts, but the coordinating and subordinating clauses are repeated and display distinct functions in both subgenres. Additionally, binomials become more common, and the grammatical assessment of lexical bundles shows that noun and prepositional phrase fragments prevail in the data. All in all, the legal documents are packed with complexity features, illustrating elements of informational and formal writing. The subgenres, however, employ formulaic structures and textual, syntactic and lexical repetition that make the texts more predictable. Further, reflecting developments in the socio-historical context, many diachronic changes in the acts occur at the turn of the sixteenth century, when the texts are printed and distributed to wider audiences outside the government.
  • Reimann, Heli (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    In Estonian jazz history, the period from 1944 to 1953 was dynamic and contradictory, when the official status of jazz changed from a highly prized musical form during the postwar era to musica non grata by 1950. While jazz symbolised victory and friendship with the Allies in the immediate postwar period, subsequent Soviet ideological campaigns targeted jazz as the focus of Soviet ideological attacks against the entire Western world and its values. Despite Soviet power s attempts to obliterate jazz from cultural life, rather than disappear, jazz music moved into more secret private spaces. Known as Sovietisation in Estonian history and as Late-Stalinism in Soviet history, this period witnessed extensive social changes in Estonia. On the one hand, throughout this era, the Soviet occupying regime aimed consolidate its power base. On the other hand, Late-Stalinism is known for its intense ideological pressure, which for creative intelligence meant a tightening of creative freedom established through the ideological doctrine of Zhdanovshchina. This article-based dissertation on Soviet Estonian jazz history offers new insights into the meaning of this popular cultural form of Western origin and how it functions in the Soviet society. I argue that the meaning of jazz culture in Soviet Estonia emerges from the dynamic interaction between Soviet socio-political forces, the actions of cultural agents and the traditions of jazz culture. As the study demonstrates, the Great Friendship decree of 1948 led to the rupture of the music and the disappearance of the word jazz from the public space. However, cultural actors who selected their strategies of action from the available cultural repertoire played the crucial role in shaping jazz culture. The study s focus on the everyday life of jazz musicians reveals that self-actualisation was the driving force feeding their motivation. The musicians everyday strategies for self-actualisation include touring, musical learning and listening, ritualising, humour, inventiveness, curiosity, dedication, and intellectualising jazz. Our current understanding of jazz tradition is related to what can be called the jazz-as-a-tradition paradigm. This paradigm refers to a relatively recently constructed overarching American-centred narrative which historians, critics and musicians have consistently drawn around jazz. The example of Estonian jazz tries to reconstruct the jazz-as-a-tradition paradigm and to create its own array of cultural and historical meanings. The important schemata identifying jazz in Estonia are classical/light, professional/amateur, bourgeois/proletarian, swing/bebop, and dance/concert. In addition, I aim to provide theoretical schemata for investigating and interpreting jazz culture under the Soviet regime. I expect these schemata to facilitate our understaning of the particularities of the Soviet cultural model and the translation of the essence of jazz culture in Soviet Estonia to a broader international readership. As a primary conceptual outcome of my dissertation, I propose a holistic framework called cultural spaces of action . This framework advances the sociological model of private/public distinction, which is of crucial importance in understanding Soviet society. Instead of a simplistic dualistic model, I provide a four-dimensional framework which highlights (1) the interaction of jazz culture and state power, and (2) the distinction of forms within jazz culture. According to this model, jazz culture existed as journalistic discourse, as professional concert music, as amateur dance music, and as an intellectualised formal educational practice. The benefit of the model is its ability to avoid the common strategies of confrontation between Soviet power and culture , where power is perceived to supress creative people, and to disclose the paradoxical nature of jazz in the Soviet Union, where jazz was concurrently forbidden, but never silent. This interdisciplinary study benefits from multiple research traditions; it subscribes to the principles of New Cultural History in its emphasis on meaning and interpretations. These interpretations are guided by the central ideas of constructionist history, which states that history stems from the dialogue between the historian and the past, born of the historian s imaginative and constructive engagement with the evidence. As a study of a global musical form in a national historical context and under regional socio-political conditions, it deploys the ideas of transnational history: the study decentralises the idea of the national and amalgamates perspectives and contexts of Estonian, Soviet and jazz historiographical traditions. The methodological approach also includes microhistory the intensive historical investigation of a relatively well-defined smaller object. I refer to source pluralism as the main research method, as it combines fragments from various sources including archival materials (radio broadcasts, newspapers), and interviews, as well as the recorded memories and the private documents of the people who experienced Soviet life.
  • Huhtamäki, Martina (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    This thesis explores the prosodic features of questions in conversations among speakers of Helsinki Swedish. The aim is to find out how the participants used such features to design and ascribe utterances as questions, as well as to signal turn endings in them. The research contributes to the current understanding on how prosodic and other features are used in combination to create meanings in conversation. This work is a compilation thesis comprising four papers and a summarizing report. The data consist of six recordings of everyday conversations among Swedish speakers from the capital region of Finland. The conversations are multi-person conversations. The participants comprise 29 females and males between the ages of nine and approximately 60. Utterances in the data are defined as questions in line with the following criteria: 1) they belong to the epistemic domain of the recipient, and 2) they form the first pair-part of an adjacency pair consisting of a question and the response. This definition includes declarative clauses that are used to request information when the topic is in the epistemic domain of the recipient. However, it excludes rhetorical questions (because the questioner then has more knowledge than the recipient), as well as questions that are used to request action. The questions are all one-unit, syntactically complete utterances. The focus varies in each of the four studies: in the first one it is on 240 questions with varying syntax; in the second it is on 110 questions with non-interrogative syntax; in the third it is on 191 questions with a non-falling final intonation; and in the fourth it is on 52 questions consisting of the free-standing va, what . The theoretical and methodological framework is interactional linguistics, and the methods used are both conversation analysis and phonetic analysis. The research is qualitative. The data are transcribed according to the traditions of conversation analysis, with some added signs indicating prosodic features. The phonetic analysis, for which the Praat program was used, includes both auditory and acoustic elements. The identity of the participants is protected through the anonymization of all recognizable information in the transcripts. The participants were aware that their conversations were being recorded, and gave their permission for the recording to be used in research. The results show the many functions for which questions are used, and that prosodic features are employed for various purposes. Most questions have a final falling intonation in these conversations in Helsinki Swedish, but there are also instances of final rising and level intonation. Final intonation has several functions, and is used together with other features to distinguish between utterances inside the question category. For example, a rising final intonation can be used in a question that paves the way for another action, and a wide pitch span can be used to signal an affective stance. The syntax, the lexical choices and the relation of the question to the conversational context are also indicative of its function, as are the epistemic relations between the participants. However, prosodic features are not used to signal questions as a sentence type that is separate from assertions, for example. In sum, final intonation is just one of several prosodic features projecting a possible point of completion. The other features include a slower rate of speech and diminished loudness, possibly a focal accent and a changed voice quality. Key words: questions, prosody, intonation, Helsinki Swedish, interactional linguistics, conversations
  • Rennicke, Iiris (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    The main objective of this dissertation is to describe the current state and classhood of rhotics in the Minas Gerais variety of Brazilian Portuguese (BP), explore the factors behind sound change, and discuss the direction of change. The hypothesis is that changes in various subsystems of the language contribute to a general sound change trajectory, which takes place mostly through articulatory reduction and retiming in frequently used words and constructions (as predicted by Exemplar Models). Language is seen as a Complex Adaptive System that consists of several subsystems, all of which undergo change and can contribute simultaneously to gradual changes in the overall system. Semi-structured interviews and a sentence completion task with 14 speakers from southwestern Minas Gerais yielded a total of 7,765 contexts for rhotics. The rhotics of BP were found to include trills, taps, fricatives, approximants and aspirated approximants in alveolar, palatal, retroflex/bunched, uvular, and glottal places of articulation. Deletions also form a considerable part of the data. BP rhotics have followed two diverging lenition trajectories: one anterior (alveo-palatal) and one posterior (uvular and glottal). Both trajectories can ultimately lead to deletion. Factors that promote lenition include post-tonic position, adjacency to the voiceless fricative [s] and/or the high vowels [i u], and coda position which involves more lenited r-variants and deletion than any other context. Once sound change begins to generalize in these attractors, it can also spread to other r-contexts. BP rhotics are best modelled as a network of language-specific family relationships, in which chains of articulatory reductions and retimings establish diachronic connections between synchronically distant variants. As a class, rhotics are featurally, articulatorily, and phonetically unspecified, and phonetic overlap between contexts makes the contrast between r-variants incomplete. For this reason, the phonological representation of rhotics consists of fuzzy positional categories that encompass a variety of phonetic forms and that are constantly updated through language use.
  • Stang, Alexandra (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    This doctoral thesis analyses both the proceedings that have produced apparent silences within Finnish publishing in terms of queer topics that focus on female non-heterosexuality, and the possibilities for these topics within the domain of published literature. By surveying the power relations within the Finnish and Finland-Swedish literary fields, this study examines ruling social discourses (e.g. nationalist and heteronormative) in Finland from the beginning of the 20th century to the mid-1930s (with an excursion to the 1950s), and the influence of these discourses on the eventual rejection of works with queer topics. Yet, through a queer reading – i.e. one that focuses on the heteronormativities that a text communicates, as well as on a text’s ability to question and undermine them – the study also highlights literary methods that still enabled a positive attitude towards queer topics within published literature. The material analysed consists of 13 literary works by ten different authors writing in Finnish, Swedish, English or French. The literary works analysed are: Ain’Elisabet Pennanen’s Voimaihmisiä (“Strong People”, 1906) and Ja se laiva lähti kuitenkin (“And the Ship Left Nonetheless”, 1919), Elsa Soini’s Jumalten ja ihmisten suosikit (“The Favourites of the Gods and Men”, 1926) and Uni (“Uni”/ “Dream”, 1930), Mika Waltari’s Suuri illusioni (“The Great Illusion”, 1928) and Yksinäisen miehen juna (“A Lonely Man’s Train”, 1929), Rosamond Lehmann’s Dusty answer (1927/ Elämänhurman häipyessä, 1928), Alma Söderhjelm’s Kärlekens väninna (“Love’s Girlfriend”, 1922), Hagar Olsson’s På Kanaanexpressen (“On The Express Train to Canaan”, 1929), Helvi Hämäläinen’s Kaunis sielu (“Beautiful Soul”, 1928/ 2001), Margareta Suber’s Charlie (1932), Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness (1928, Swedish 1932, Finnish 2010), and Émile Zola’s Nana (1880/ 1930/ 1952). The methods used are based on (literary-sociological) discourse analysis and queer theory, especially works by Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu and Judith Butler. Archival research also plays an essential role. While many so-called queer classics were either not published in Finnish (e.g. Margareta Suber’s Charlie) or were published only much later (e.g. Helvi Hämäläinen’s Kaunis sielu) or in a censored version (e.g. Émile Zola’s Nana), the queer reading of published works (e.g. works by Ain’Elisabet Pennanen, Elsa Soini or Rosamond Lehmann) demonstrates that queerness was not absent from Finnish literature; rather, it had to be introduced in a subtle way, for instance through the use of irony. There were also voices with a clear deprecatory attitude towards queer topics, as demonstrated both by literary works (e.g. by Mika Waltari) and reviews. Within the Finland-Swedish literary field, published works by Alma Söderhjelm or Hagar Olsson demonstrate a rather tolerant attitude towards openly queer topics, although the attitude of Finland-Swedish reviews was not necessarily positive, either. This thesis thus also examines the differences between the Finnish and the Finland-Swedish literary fields, especially with regard to publication practice. Since the distribution of power between the different parties – authors, translators, publishers, and reviewers – struggling over the monopoly of legitimacy (i.e. about what was published and what deemed acceptable, since it is always the pursuit of power that dominates actions) was never equal, introducing queerness between the lines remained the most effective way to undermine heteronormative values.