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  • Nyman, Harri (Suomen Muinaismuistoyhdistys, 2011)
    The subject of the present research is historical lighthouse and maritime pilot stations in Finland. If one thinks of these now-abandoned sites as an empty stage, the dissertation aims to recreate the drama that once played out there. The research comprises three main themes. The first, the family problematic, focuses on the relationship between the family members concerned and the public service positions held, as well as the islands on which these people were stationed. The role of the male actors becomes apparent through an examination of the job descriptions of pilots and lighthouse keepers, but the role of the wives appears more problematic: running a household and the insularity of the community came with their own challenges, and the husbands were away for much of the time. In this context the children emerge as crucial. What was their role in the family of a public official? What were the effects of having to move to the mainland for school? The second theme is the station community. A socioecological examination is undertaken which defines the islands as plots allowing the researcher to study the social behaviours of the isolated communities in question. The development of this theme is based on interpretations of interviews revealing starkly opposed views on the existing neighbourly relations. The premise is that social friction is inevitable among people living within close proximity of each other, and the study proceeds to become an analysis that seeks to uncover the sociocultural strategies designed to control the risks of communal living either by creating distance between neighbours or by enhancing their mutual ties. In connection with this, the question of why some neighbourhoods were open and cooperative while others were restrained and quarrelsome is addressed. Finally, the third main theme discusses the changes in piloting and lighthouse keeping that took place increasingly numerous towards the end of the 20th century. How did individuals react to the central management s technocratic strivings and rationalisations, such as the automation of lighthouses and the intense downsizing of the network of pilot stations? How was piloting, previously very comprehensive work, splintered into specialisations, and how did the entire occupation of lighthouse keeping lose its status before completely disappearing, as the new technology took over?
  • Sippola, Eeva (Helsingin yliopisto, 2011)
    This dissertation is a descriptive grammar of Ternate Chabacano, a Spanish-lexifier Creole spoken by 3.000 people in the town of Ternate, Philippines. The dissertation offers an analysis of the phonological, morphological, and syntactic system of the language. It includes an overview of the historical background, the current situation of the speech community and a collection of annotated texts. Ternate Chabacano shares many characteristics with its main adstrate language Tagalog as well as the dialectal varieties of Spanish. At present, English also exerts an influence, nevertheless mainly affecting its lexicon. The description offered is based on fieldwork conducted in Ternate. Spoken language collected through thematic interviews forms the main type of the material analysed. Information regarding the informants and text types is included in the examples. Ternate Chabacano has a five-vowel system and 17 consonant phonemes. The morphology of the language is largely isolating. Clitics are used extensively for expressing adverbial relations. The verbal system is based on the preverbal markers that express the category of tense, modality and aspect, among which aspect is the main dimension. Complex predicates and verbal chains are used in order to further distinguish aspect and modality, as well as changes of voice and valency. Intransitive verbs express motion, states, and reflexive actions, even though the majority of verbs can occur in both intransitive and transitive clauses. Ternate Chabacano is a nominative-accusative type language but the typological configuration of the Philippine languages influences the marking of its constituents. A case in point is constituted by the nominal determination system. The basic constituent order in a clause is VSO. Equative and attibutive clauses are formed by juxtaposition while the locative clauses feature a copula. Indefinite terms are expressed through existential constructions. The negation of existential clauses differs from standard negation but both are intensified in the same way. In spoken discourse, tag-questions are common. Pragmatic elements and social formulas reflect largely the corresponding Tagalog expressions. Coordination and subordination occur typically without overt markers but a variety of markers exists for expressing different relations, especially those made explicit by adverbial clauses. Verbal chains form a continuum from serial verbs to complementation and ultimately to coordination.
  • Walker, Larry (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    Japanese literature in English translation has a history of 165 years, but before the end of World War II no publisher outside Japan had put out a sustained series of novel-length translations. The New York house of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. published 34 English translations of Japanese literature between 1955 and 1977. This program was carried out under the leadership of Harold Strauss, who endeavored to bring modern writers of Japan to the stage of world literature. Strauss and most of the translators were trained in American military language schools. The aim of this dissertation is to study the publisher's policies and publishing criteria in the selection of texts, the actors involved in the mediation process and the preparation of the texts for market, the reception of the texts and their impact on the profile of Japanese literature. The theoretical backdrop is built around the distinction of product, process and function, viewed through the sociology of translation. This includes Pierre Bourdieu s constructs of habitus and capital and the Actor-Network Theory, as well as Karen Thornber s concept of literary contact nebulae in settings of less steeply inclined hierarchical relations. An examination of Japanese to English translations investigates the trends and practices which developed after the forced opening of Japan, drawing upon materials from the Knopf archives, including correspondence between the authors, the editor and the translators. Personal interviews and correspondence with the translators, autobiographies, and memoirs add to the archival records. Peritextual and epitextual data help trace events and actions within this period of Japanese literature in English translation and assist with the investigation into the reception and legacy of the texts. Findings clarify the policies and criteria employed at a major publishing firm. The role of the editor is explored in perhaps more detail than in earlier reports. Bourdieu's concepts of habitus and capital complement the notion of following the actors in Actor-Network Theory. Materials obtained from a translator and interviews with others add a qualitative perspective supported by the idea of literary contact nebulae. The Knopf translations have a wider circulation in Japan than in the English-language markets. Further, a number of the publications have proven more profitable in European languages. The long tail sales have kept the translations in print and in classrooms to this day. These findings point to new areas of investigation. Knopf was the most active publisher in a period where English translations were published for the general reader. The translations were later inscribed as text and research materials in the growing university curricula of the then-nascent fields of Japanese studies and comparative literature. Keywords: Japanese literature in English translation, habitus, capital, Actor-Network Theory, transculturation, translation history
  • Arppe, Antti (Helsingin yliopisto, 2008)
    In this dissertation, I present an overall methodological framework for studying linguistic alternations, focusing specifically on lexical variation in denoting a single meaning, that is, synonymy. As the practical example, I employ the synonymous set of the four most common Finnish verbs denoting THINK, namely ajatella, miettiä, pohtia and harkita ‘think, reflect, ponder, consider’. As a continuation to previous work, I describe in considerable detail the extension of statistical methods from dichotomous linguistic settings (e.g., Gries 2003; Bresnan et al. 2007) to polytomous ones, that is, concerning more than two possible alternative outcomes. The applied statistical methods are arranged into a succession of stages with increasing complexity, proceeding from univariate via bivariate to multivariate techniques in the end. As the central multivariate method, I argue for the use of polytomous logistic regression and demonstrate its practical implementation to the studied phenomenon, thus extending the work by Bresnan et al. (2007), who applied simple (binary) logistic regression to a dichotomous structural alternation in English. The results of the various statistical analyses confirm that a wide range of contextual features across different categories are indeed associated with the use and selection of the selected think lexemes; however, a substantial part of these features are not exemplified in current Finnish lexicographical descriptions. The multivariate analysis results indicate that the semantic classifications of syntactic argument types are on the average the most distinctive feature category, followed by overall semantic characterizations of the verb chains, and then syntactic argument types alone, with morphological features pertaining to the verb chain and extra-linguistic features relegated to the last position. In terms of overall performance of the multivariate analysis and modeling, the prediction accuracy seems to reach a ceiling at a Recall rate of roughly two-thirds of the sentences in the research corpus. The analysis of these results suggests a limit to what can be explained and determined within the immediate sentential context and applying the conventional descriptive and analytical apparatus based on currently available linguistic theories and models. The results also support Bresnan’s (2007) and others’ (e.g., Bod et al. 2003) probabilistic view of the relationship between linguistic usage and the underlying linguistic system, in which only a minority of linguistic choices are categorical, given the known context – represented as a feature cluster – that can be analytically grasped and identified. Instead, most contexts exhibit degrees of variation as to their outcomes, resulting in proportionate choices over longer stretches of usage in texts or speech.
  • Liimatainen, Annikki (Helsingin yliopisto, 2008)
    The work integrates research in the language and terminology of various fields with lexicography, etymology, semantics, word formation, and pragmatics. Additionally, examination of German and Finnish provides the work with perspective of contrastive linguistics and the translation of texts in specialized fields. The work is an attempt to chart the language, vocabulary, different textual types, and essential communication-connected features of this special field. The study is primary concerned with internal communication within the field of ecology, but it also provides a comparison of the public discussion of environmental issues in Germany and Finland. The work attempts to use textual signs to provide a picture of the literary communication used on the different vertical levels in the central text types within the field. The dictionaries in the fields of environmental issues and ecology for the individual text types are examined primarily from the perspective of their quantity and diversity. One central point of the work is to clarify and collect all of the dictionaries in the field that have been compiled thus far in which German and/or Finnish ware included. Ecology and environmental protection are closely linked not only to each other but also to many other scientific fields. Consequently, the language of the environmental field has acquired an abundance of influences and vocabulary from the language of the special fields close to it as well as from that of politics and various areas of public administration. The work also demonstrates how the popularization of environmental terminology often leads to semantic distortion. Traditionally, scientific texts have used the smallest number of expressions, the purpose of which is to appeal to or influence the behavior of the text recipient. Particularly in Germany, those who support or oppose measures to protect the environment have long been making concerted efforts to represent their own views in the language that they use. When discussing controversial issues competing designations for the same referent or concept are used in accordance with the interest group to which the speaker belongs. One of the objectives of the study is to sensitize recipients of texts to notice the euphemistic expressions that occur in German and Finnish texts dealing with issues that are sensitive from the standpoint of environmental policy. One particular feature of the field is the wealth and large number of variants designating the same entry or concept. The terminological doublets formed by words of foreign origin and their German or Finnish language equivalents are quite typical of the field. Methods of corpus linguistics are used to determine the reasons for the large number of variant designations as well as their functionality.
  • Rauhala, Ilona (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    The dissertation consists of five articles, as well as an introductory chapter that explains the background of the study and also draws together the main results of the articles. The study concentrates on the adjectives in the Uralic languages and aims to present the features of the Uralic adjective category in a historical perspective. The data consists mainly of lexical material collected from various etymological and synchronic dictionaries. In addition, several grammatical features of the adjectives are discussed on the basis of grammatical research. The approach is mainly historical-comparative, but also lexical-semantic and morphosyntactic. All of these frameworks are needed to draw a picture of a common category of adjectives in Uralic, the words it may have included, their paths of semantic change, and the morphosyntactic features the category of adjectives may have had. The results of this study complement the earlier research on adjectives, which has been mainly synchronic. The research conducted suggests that by comparing the categories of adjectives in contemporary Uralic languages and by observing the features of the oldest property concept words in Uralic it is possible to reconstruct an adjective category for Proto-Uralic. The results suggest that the category has included words denoting many central semantic groups that indicate an independent lexical category. The adjectives in the contemporary Uralic languages have common morphosyntactic features that probably date back to the Uralic protolanguage. For instance, the Uralic derivative suffix *-(e)TA has mainly functioned as an adjective marker. The study also reviews critically earlier etymologies presented for some property concept words and suggests some new etymologies.
  • Amnell, Matti T (Helsingin yliopisto, 2010)
    Religion without religion. The challenge of radical postmodern philosophy of religion. The aim of this study is to examine the central ideas of Mark C. Taylor, Don Cupitt, and Grace Jantzen on the subject of the philosophy of religion. The method is a qualitative, systematic analysis of the works of the aforementioned philosophers. The purpose is to present, analyze, identify, find connections, and to gain an understanding of the original texts. This thesis shows that radical postmodern religion is “religion without religion”. God is “dead” and the concept of God is seen as “writing”, an ideal, a relationship of meanings or a language. In ethics, there are no objective values or principles. People must create their own morality. Reality is each person´s concept of reality. Language is universal in that language and reality cannot be considered separately. The human subject is contingent and formed in the linguistic and social context. According to postmodern feminism, the ideas that men present as facts are often degrading to women, distort reality and support the power of men. For this reason, we should create a new kind of philosophy of religion and a new language that takes women into consideration. Finally, we will study some philosophers, who have used postmodern ideas in a more moderate manner. In this way, we will look for a balanced solution between modernism and postmodernism. This study shows that the postmodern idea of religion is very different from classical Christianity. Ethics becomes subjective, anarchistic and nihilistic. Epistemology is relativistic and the human being becomes the measure of all things. Objective reality becomes blurry. Language is seen to be game-like, and it has no relation to reality. The moral responsibility of a subject becomes problematic. Science and rationality come into question without the permanent core provided by our consciousness. Women are not in an epistemologically privileged position. The truth claims by either men or women must each be evaluated one at a time. Many postmodern ideas can successfully be made of use if used in moderate manner.
  • Lintonen, Kati (Helsingin yliopisto, 2011)
    Photographized nature I. K. Inha s work as a signification of nature The dissertation examines, through the work of the Finnish photographer and writer I. K. Inha (formerly Konrad Into Nyström) (1865 1930), the different ways in which the signification of nature is achieved. The principal material consists of Inha s work from 1890 to 1925, from which a number of photographs and texts are considered and upon which the photographization of nature is contemplated. The dissertation addresses the issue of how nature is conceived and how the act of photographizing it can be defined. The methodical context of the study is composed of three thematic baskets that structure the material and which consist of narrations on Finnish national perception, nature conservation and understanding the world. In the first case nature is seen as the natural environment encompassing lakes, seashores, forests, and hills, which at the time were often perceived from a utilitarian viewpoint. By the photographization they generated a pictorial narrative that could be shared. The natural environment was thus turned into landscape by means of photography, following the global pictorial concepts picturesque and sublime, as well as the national canons that had been developed in literature and the visual arts. In the narrations concerning nature conservation, the photographization did not merely occur within the limits of presuppositions, but rather nature was given the opportunity to unfold itself. While the photograph was being established as a basis for supporting nature conservation or to highlight the destruction of nature at the hand of Man, an attempt was made to represent subjects that were difficult to convey in photographs, such as nature s power or the miracle of growth. The thesis suggests, that in the third case the concept of nature broke away from its strict interconnection with the natural environment and led to a contemplation of nature that is perceivable in a person. In this context the photograph and the photographization are interpreted as an attempt to understand a person and his or her very existence in the world, while this same existential wonder is seen as being embodied in Inha s portrait of a rune singer and in his photographs of forest interior and water. Further, the thesis asks whether photographing nature could be interpreted as an action similar to the idea of the phenomenological reduction as a means of bypassing the photographer s prevailing way of being.
  • Saraste, Leena (Helsingin yliopisto, 2004)
  • Danielsbacka, Mirkka (Helsingin yliopisto, 2013)
    Captors of Prisoners of War. The Psychology of the Human Species, Soviet Prisoners of War and Finland, 1941 1944. This study explores the treatment of Soviet prisoners of war during the Continuation war (1941 1944) fought between Finland and the Soviet Union. The study focuses especially on the mass deaths of Soviet POWs at the hands of Finns and the Finnish POW administration s handling of this crisis. During the Continuation war, Finland captured at least 67,000 Soviet POWs, of which at least 19,000 and probably over 22,000 (i.e. about one third) died. In terms of the death rate of POWs, Finland was closer to totalitarian regimes Germany, Soviet Union and Japan than to other democratic countries such as the UK or USA. Finns captured most of its POWs in the autumn of 1941, and most of the POWs who died perished in the winter of 1941 1942. In most cases, the cause of death was malnutrition. POWs suffered undernourishement mainly because the Finns overworked them and provided them too little food. In addition the poor hygiene and crowding in POW camps exacerbated the spread of infectious diseases. In the exceptionally cold winter the infectious diseases proved fatal to the poorly clothed and underfed POWs. Despite the mass deaths of POWs, memories persist of POWs in Finland who worked on Finnish farms and received reasonably good treatment. This memory knowledge also endures because POWs working in farmhouses were more likely to survive than those working in other workplaces or camps. The basic research questions of this study are: Why did so many Soviet prisoners of war die in Finnish custody during the Continuation war? Why did Finland depart so far from other Western democracies in its treatment of POWs? Why was the treatment of POWs at the hands of Finns so ambivalent? The National Archives of Finland s database of the death POWs is the most important source of the number of Soviet POW deaths during the Continuation war. In addition, I use as a source material the administrative correspondence between departements who were in charge of POW administration, the personal archives of persons in touch with the handling of the POW affairs, and the reports of the inspectors of the POW camps. I argue that to fully understand the reasons for the treatment of POWs, we must observe the phenomenon as an interaction of the psychology of the human species and the culture of wartime Finland. Thus, the theoretical framework of this study is based on evolutionary psychology and social psychology. The main concepts relating to human psychological predispositions are self-deception, the diffusion of responsibility, the bystander effect, categorization tendency, dehumanization, xenophobia, ethnocentrism, empathy, sympathy and reciprocity. This study shows that the psychological predispositions of the human mind especially the predisposition to self-deception and dehumanization make understandable the development of the mass deaths of Soviet POWs and the fact that the Finns took so long to respond to the appalling situation. In addition, I identify the restraints required to render the circumstances of POWs humane, the most important of which were those which motivated the Finns to keep the POWs alive. The main motivating factors were Finland s reputation as a civilized nation, the prolongation of the war together with the weakened belief that Germany would win the war, and the labor needs of local employers. The study also finds that those Finns who were in personal contact with POWs usually treated them fairly well due to the human capacity for empathy and the sympathetic need to help others that stems from either moral anger or reciprocity.
  • Nakari, Minna (Helsingin yliopisto, 2011)
    This dissertation is an onomastic study of variation in women s name phrases in official documents in Finland during the period 1780−1930. The aim is to discuss from a socio-onomastic perspective both the changeover from patronymics to inherited family names and the use of surnames after marriage (i.e. whether women adopted their husbands family names or retained their maiden names), before new laws in this area entered into force in Finland in the early 20th century. In 1920, a law on family names that required fixed names put an end to the use of the patronymic as a person s only surname. After 1929, it was no longer possible for a married woman to retain her maiden name. Methodologically, to explain this development from a socio-onomastic perspective, I have based my study on a syntactic-semantic analysis of the actual name phrases. To be able to demonstrate the extensive material, I have elaborated a scheme to divide the 115 different types of name phrases into 13 main categories. The analysis of the material for Helsinki is based on frequency calculations of the different types of name phrases every thirtieth year, as well as on describing variation in the structure and semantic content of the name phrases, e.g. social variation in the use of titles and epithets. In addition to this, by applying a biographic-genealogical method, I have conducted two case studies of the usage of women s name phrases in the two chosen families. The study is based on parish registers from the period 1780−1929, estate inventory documents from the period 1780−1928, registration forms for liberty of trade from the period 1880−1908, family announcements on newspapers from the period 1829−1888, gravestones from the period 1796−1929 and diaries from the periods 1799−1801 and 1818−1820 providing a corpus of 5 950 name phrases. The syntactic-semantic analysis has revealed the overall picture of various ways of denoting women in official documents. In Helsinki, towards the end of the 19th century, the use of inherited family names seems to be almost fully developed in official contexts. At the late 19th century, a patronymic still appears as the only surname of some working-class women whereas in the early 20th century patronymics were only entered in the parish register as a kind of middle name. In the beginning of the 19th century, most married women were still registered under their maiden names, with a few exceptions among the bourgeoisie and upper class. The comparative analysis of name phrases in diaries, however, indicates that the use of the husband s family name by married women was a much earlier phenomenon in private contexts than in official documents. Keywords: socio-onomastics, syntactic-semantic analysis, name phrase, patronymic, maiden name, husband s family name
  • Kuzmin, Denis (Helsingin yliopisto, 2014)
    The dissertation investigates the settlement history of Russian Northern Karelia, i.e. White Sea Karelia (Vienan Karjala), in the light of onomastics. It consists of six articles based on linguistic material, most notably toponyms, anthroponyms, dialectal vocabulary and oral history. A considerable part of the research materials have been collected by the author in the course of field expeditions. The main methodology employed in the articles is the investigation of the spread of toponymic types in the Finnic languages. They bear witness to early population movements that cannot be investigated in the light of archaeology or historical documents. Particular toponymic models can be connected with the spread of the Karelian population from the Lake Ladoga region to the north. Other types provide evidence of a population that entered Northern Karelia from present-day Finland. Most notably, parallels in the toponymy of the Savo and Häme provinces and the area of White Sea Karelia can be found. The other main methodology used in the articles is the investigation of the substrate toponyms, i.e. analysis of toponyms that bear witness to language forms spoken earlier in a particular area. For instance, in White Sea Karelia, a notable amount of toponyms from Saami languages can be found. In the Russian-speaking White Sea coast area, in turn, a notable Finnic substrate from Karelian is discernable. Thus, there are grounds to suggest that the present linguistic areas of the investigated region have come to being relatively late and that as late as in the Middle Ages, the linguistic map of the region was considerably different. There is evidence to suggest that the Saami population in the area survived up to the 17th century. A further source of information in the dissertation is the oral history, i.e. stories and remembrances of the history of the Karelian settlements. Most of this material has never before been collected or investigated in the historical literature. Additionally, an analysis of the Karelian family names and some elements of dialectal vocabulary has been carried out in the investigation. As a result of the investigation, a large amount of new information has surfaced regarding the settlement history of the White Sea Karelia area. Most notably, the character of the Saami languages spoken in the area, the influences from the Western Finnic areas and the directions of population movements between individual settlements has been documented in greater detail than in the earlier research. The results of the investigation are thus of importance not only for Finnic linguistics, toponymic and substrate studies but also to the historical sciences.
  • Kivirinta, Marja-Terttu (Helsingin yliopisto, 2014)
    Eliminating the Other Helene Schjerfbeck and Juho Rissanen Constructing the field of art in the Finland of 1910 s and 1920 s The focus of this PhD thesis is on the discourses of the foreign influence and the other, and the connections with the field of modern national art in the Finland of 1910s and 1920s. I examine their discourses in connection with two artists, situated at the centre of the national art history, Helene Schjerfbeck and Juho Rissanen. This study uses the categories of gender and class to define the representations of the artist, and through that also the effects on the meaning making processes in the field of art. The main tools employed by the study are the applications of the methods to analyse art historical narratives of the monographs of the genre art and life , the ideas of the myth presented by Roland Barthes and, especially, feminist readings of art history, biographies, nationalism and modernism, as the theoretical ideas of Michel Foucault that frames the discourse analysis. The frame of the study is the field of art the 1910s and 1920s, which I analyse with the sociological model of Pierre Bourdieu. The basic materials of the study are the art and life monographs by Einar Reiter (H. Ahtela) on Helene Schjerfbeck, and Onni Okkonen on Juho Rissanen. These were published respectively in 1917 and 1927. Additionally the material consists of manuscripts, correspondence, reviews in newspapers and journals, photographs as well as art works. The result is that discourses on the foreign influences and the other are variously linked to the meaning making process and (anti)modernism in the field of art of the period that defined both art and art history and representations of the artist through the norms of (trans)nationalism. This the study demonstrates through analysing the discourses and representations of the biographies of Schjerfbeck and Rissanen as well as those of art reviews. The artist is connected with his or hers gender, class, age, body, cultural or ethnical group and language. As both of the artists are still central figures of the Finnish national Art history, some elements present them as belonging to the other. Schjerfbeck was regarded as a genius, but was always gendered with the understatement of female artist as a quite old Swedish speaking and modest living middle-class woman. Nevertheless, the subtle colour and the light in her paintings were regarded as Finnish. Representations of Juho Rissanen never failed to include his poor working class upbringing. He was presented as a Finnish-speaking man but was consigned to the role of a comical anti-hero artist dwelling in a wild rural paradise. Because Rissanen worked mainly in France within French classist and antimodernist circles some of the critics have observed foreign influences in the lightness of his paintings though he was also evaluated as the most original Finnish Artist.
  • Piippo, Irina (2012)
    Viewing norms dialogically: an action-oriented approach to sociolinguistic metatheory is a theoretically oriented sociolinguistic study of language norms. Language use, along with other forms of social life, is structured by social norms representations of appropriate and expected conduct. Norms make effective and meaningful conduct possible, and they enable us to make sense of the world around us. In other words, they are the fundamentals of the social reality of language. Despite their fundamental nature, relatively little attention has been paid to language norms within sociolinguistic theorizing. They are a ubiquitous but superficially known concept in sociolinguistics. The aim of the study is to strengthen the theoretical basis of sociolinguistics, to reinforce its theoretical self-understanding and to provide conceptual clarity to discussions about language norms. As a theoretical notion, norm is challenging because of its intimate connection with fundamental metatheoretical questions. In order to get hold of normativity, it is necessary to simultaneously take a stance on the nature of language and linguistic knowledge. In an empirically oriented field like sociolinguistics, this interconnectedness is not often acknowledged, yet there are hopes that the notion would help to account for language use. The current work builds bridges between theoretical discussions and empirical work by focusing on the metatheory of social norms. The study consists of two parts: the first part provides an analysis of various (meta)theoretical approaches to normativity, and the second part develops a dialogically oriented approach to language norms. The key message of the study is the importance of an evaluative dimension in theorizing about language norms. Evaluations are an inevitable part of normativity, but often theoretical conceptualizations of norms either downplay the evaluative dimension or do not account for the diversity of perspectives in any given real-life community. The work elaborates on the evaluative dimensions by discussing attitudes, language ideologies and indexicality. As a theoretical notion, norm is helpful for empirical research only if it can assist in perceiving the social reality of language in its complexity. In order to do this, the current study considers language as a flexible resource instead of a rigid system and speakers as reflexive actors instead of talking heads. The outcome is an outline of a theory about language norms where norms are dialogical and language is embodied and socioculturally embedded.
  • Juntunen, Tuomas (Helsingin yliopisto, 2012)
    This dissertation surveys from an intertextual point of view the prose of Juha Seppälä (born in 1956). The aim is to demonstrate that Seppälä s realistic depictions of contemporary Finnish life are full of allusions to earlier literature and mythological stories. The thesis interprets Seppälä s work in its intertextual context and shows how intertextuality makes it dialogical, even ambivalent. Theoretically and methodologically, the thesis connects modern allusion studies with a structuralism-based analysis of the textual frames of reference. Intertextual allusions are treated as meaningful references which form an essential part of the significance of Seppälä s texts. With the help of the concept of frame of reference, numerous intertexts can be studied at the same time to determine their common themes and various meanings in the context of the alluding text. The study focuses on two short stories, Taivaanranta (1987) and Pääsiäinen (1989), as well as two novels, "Hyppynaru" (1990) and "Yhtiökumppanit" (2002). All four works depict a protagonist proceeding up a blind alley. Different kinds of misfortunes and failures lead each protagonist into a desperate situation, for which radical actions are necessary. The outcome is usually tragic, but also puzzling in one way or another. The reader is left wondering what really happened and why. The texts allow room for alternative interpretations with regard to the motives of the protagonists. Different interpretations usually imply opposing moral stances towards the action. The hypothesis is that the two central characteristics of Seppälä s texts, intertextuality and sense of enigma, are connected. The analyses show that missing answers to the enigmas posed by the texts are to be found in intertexts dealing with reminiscent themes. Even so, the intertexts and therefore also the answers are always numerous, and the ambivalence cannot be explained away. The dialogue between the texts is open-ended.
  • Tuomela, Liisa (Helsingin yliopisto, 2014)
    The aim of this intellectual historical study is to examine the views of the later Stoics Seneca the Younger, Musonius Rufus, Epictetus, Hierocles and Marcus Aurelius on the sameness of the virtues of man and woman, a question which gives a very non-anachronistic perspective on sameness, otherness, equality and inequality in Greek and Roman thinking. Other authors and material discussing women s virtues are used as an ideological background and context. The basis of the study consists of two thoughts found in Stoicism since its beginning: that the individual virtues are common to all human beings and that virtue as such is natural and possible to all. It is obvious that these two thoughts can be found also in the later Stoics, discussed most intentionally and consistently by Musonius who also most unambiguously equates woman with human being . Thus, even bravery is not a masculine but a human virtue, and the sameness of man and woman does not mean that a woman becomes "masculine", but their sameness is based on their common (rational) humanhood. Equality resulting from sameness is especially in Musonius not only theoretical but also practical in a wider sense and on a larger scale than usual, above all in the division of tasks, whereas Seneca, advocating many traditional ideals, constructs the gender of women mostly very conservatively and even reacts negatively to contemporary changes in women s social/societal roles and spheres. He also refers to women s emotional "weakness", but does not see it as specific only to women and seems to be convinced that women, too, can overcome it and be (at least in principle) equal in virtue - emphasising thus, after all, the fundamental sameness rather than otherness of women. The views of the later Stoics provide a rather exceptional and ungendered perspective on individual virtues, capacity for virtue and philosophical education, as well as on sameness, otherness, equality and inequality, and what is "masculine", "feminine" or "human". Thus, their views are also an important contribution to discussions of who a "full" human being is, in an era when a "human being" was in the first place a (free) man.
  • Kirvesmäki, Arja (Helsingin yliopisto, 2010)
    Expressing generalized-personal meaning in Russian Based on data from Russian, this doctoral dissertation examines generalized-personal meaning that is, generic expressions referring to all human beings, people in general, each or any person (e.g. S vozrastom načinae cenit prostye ve či With age you start to appreciate simple things ). The study shares its basic theoretical orientation with functional approaches going from meaning to form . The objective of the thesis is to determine and describe the various linguistic means which can be used by the speaker to express generalized-personal meaning. The main material of the study consists of 2,000 examples collected from modern Russian literature, newspapers, and magazines. The linguistic means of expressing generalized-personal meaning are divided into three main classes. Morphological and lexico-grammatical means (22% of the material) include the use of personal pronouns and personal verbal endings. In Russian, all personal forms except the 3rd person singular can be used in a generalized-personal meaning. Lexical means (14% of the material) involve, above all, pronouns like vse all , ka dyj everyone , nikto no one , as well as the nouns čelovek man and ljudi people . In emotional speech, generalized-personal meaning can also be conveyed lexically by using utterances like da e idiot znaet even an idiot knows . In rhetorical questions the pronoun kto who can appear in this meaning (cf. Kto ne ljubit moro enoe?! Who doesn t like ice cream?! ). The third main class, syntactic means (64% of the material), consists of constructions in which the generic person is not expressed at the surface level. This class mainly includes two-component structures in which the infinitive relates to a modal predicative adverb (e.g. mo no can, be allowed to , nado must ), modal verb (e.g. stoit be worth(while) , sleduet must, be obliged to ), or predicative adverb ending in -о (e.g. trudno it is hard to , neprilično is not appropriate ). Other syntactic means are: one-component infinitive structures, so-called embedded structures, structures with a processual noun, passive constructions, and gerund constructions. The different forms of expression available in Russian are not interchangeable in all contexts. Even if a given context tolerates the substitution of one construction for another, the two expressions are never entirely synonymous. In addition to determining the range of forms which can express generalized-personal meaning, the study aims to compare these forms and to specify the conditions and possible restrictions (contextual, semantic, syntactic, stylistic, etc.) associated with the use of each construction. In Russian linguistics, the generalized-personal meaning has not been extensively studied from a functional perspective. The advantage of a meaning-based functional approach is that it gives a comprehensive picture of the diversity and distribution of the phenomenon.
  • Broemer, Marlene (Helsingin yliopisto, 2009)
    Important modernists in their own countries, Anna Akhmatova and Edith Södergran are compared in this dissertation as poets whose poetry reflects the climactic events of the early twentieth century in Finland and Russia. A comparatist, biographical and historical approach is used to uncover the circumstances surrounding these events. First the poets’ early works are reviewed and their contemporaries are mentioned to provide a poetic context. Then a brief review of Finnish and Russian history situates them historically. Next, the rich literary diversity of St. Petersburg’s Silver Age is presented and the work of the poets is viewed in context before their poetry is compared, as the First World War, October Revolution and subsequent Finnish Civil War impact their writing. While biography is not the primary focus, it becomes important as inevitably the writers’ lives are changed by cataclysmic events and the textual analysis of the poems in Swedish, Russian and English shows the impact of war on their poetry. These two poets have not been compared before in a critical review in English and this work contributes to needed work in English. They share certain common modernist traits: attention to the word, an intimate, unconventional voice, and a concern with audience. In addition, they both reject formal traditions while they adopt new forms and use modern, outside influences such as art, architecture and philosophy as subject matter and a lens through which to focus their poetry. While it may seem that Anna Akhmatova was the most socially aware poet, because of the censorship she endured under Stalin, my research has revealed that actually Edith Södergran showed the most social consciousness. Thus, a contrast of the poets’ themes reveals these differences in their approaches. Both poets articulated a vibrant response to war and revolution becoming modernists in the process. In their final works created in the years before their deaths, they reveal the solace they found in nature as well as final mentions of the violent events of their youth. Keywords: St. Petersburg, Modernism, Symbolism, Acmeism, Silver Age, Finland-Swedish literature
  • Pirinen, Tommi (Helsingin yliopisto, 2014)
    This dissertation is a large-scale study of spell-checking and correction using finite-state technology. Finite-state spell-checking is a key method for handling morphologically complex languages in a computationally efficient manner. This dissertation discusses the technological and practical considerations that are required for finite-state spell-checkers to be at the same level as state-of-the-art non-finite-state spell-checkers. Three aspects of spell-checking are considered in the thesis: modelling of correctly written words and word-forms with finite-state language models, applying statistical information to finite-state language models with a specific focus on morphologically complex languages, and modelling misspellings and typing errors using finite-state automata-based error models. The usability of finite-state spell-checkers as a viable alternative to traditional non-finite-state solutions is demonstrated in a large-scale evaluation of spell-checking speed and the quality using languages with morphologically different natures. The selected languages display a full range of typological complexity, from isolating English to polysynthetic Greenlandic with agglutinative Finnish and the Saami languages somewhere in between.