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Helka  Riionheimo

Helka Riionheimo


Professor, Finnish and Karelian

School of Humanities, Philosophical Faculty | +358 50 442 3418

I’m an expert in Finnish language and linguistics. Besides Finnish, my research field includes other Finnic languages, of which Karelian had recently been in special focus. I started my research with topics related to spoken language and language contacts and I have gradually moved towards studying endangered languages and revitalization. My key concept is ‘majority responsibility’: as a speaker of the majority language, Finnish, I feel I also have the obligation to look after the country’s minority languages. My aim is to develop sustainable multilingualism where linguistic diversity is seen as a resource.


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