Research at the Section of Finnish

Traditionally, the research themes of the subject of Finnish at Stockholm University have been directed towards linguistics and literature. In some cases the individual researcher has published in both fields, like the first professor of Finnish at Stockholm University, Professor Osmo Hormia who was a poet, published on literature and wrote textbooks on the Finnish language, and Professor Emeritus Erling Wande, who among other things, has done research within translation studies, in addition to linguistic, sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic and literature research, sometimes combined in studies on (bilingual) metaphors.

In the field of linguistics the topics have typically covered Finnish in Finland and in Sweden as well as general linguistic and sociolinguistic themes. The same main cultural and geographical spread applies to literature, and within both field – linguistics and literature – researchers have engaged in a multitude of theoretical frameworks. Finland Swedish literature has also been covered to some extent, whereas the study of Finland Swedish as a language variety has not been included. Even cultural and historical aspects have been the foci on the initial levels of some post-graduate research.

During the preceding decades there has been a strong commitment to participate in and promote international cooperation, not only with Finnish colleagues, but also with other parts of Europe and North America. This continues today, and the staff of the Section is involved in several international researchers’ networks.

Linguistics and literature remain the core of the research at the Section of Finnish while an active attempt is being made to initiate research adding a didactic dimension to the study of these fields. Especially since the introduction of the teacher education for mother tongue subject teachers of Finnish in 2014 there has been a need of research focusing on the didactic aspects relevant for the teaching of and in Finnish in Sweden.