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Mikko Laitinen

Department of Languages Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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Professor of English Linguistics.

I’m a corpus linguist by training, and my research focuses on variation and change in English. I’m particularly interested in understanding what happens in the new global English uses, that is to say when people use English as a resource in their daily lives in countries like Sweden. Despite this focus on present-day variability, my work builds on the notion that one can only understand language by knowing where it comes from. We’ve just started a project here at Linnaeus on “Global English uses in Sweden” in which we combine historical linguistics and variationist sociolinguistics together with some research insights from the English as lingua franca paradigm. We are currently building a new corpus infrastructure for empirical study of global uses of English in Sweden and elsewhere in the expanding circle. I also have an interest in historical sociolinguists, and one particular area of interest is digitizing a set of early nineteenth century pauper letters from England.


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