Niina Kunnas

Niina Kunnas

PhD

Adjunct Professor
Sociolinguistics, Multilingualism

Biography

I work at the University of Oulu as a University Lecturer of Finnish language. Since August 2017, I have also worked as a part-time Professor of Finnish language at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences in Kautokeino, Norway. I have done research concerning minority languages 20 years. Currently, I am a Principal Investigator of Northern Sociolinguistics Encounters -research community. It is part of the faculty’s Transcultural Encounters Research Centre (TCERC) and Eudaimonia institute. I'm also a PI of the DynamicS research project.

 

Research interests

  • Sociolinguistics, Minority languages, Multilingualism

Teaching stuff

I have worked as a university lecturer of the Finnish language at the University of Oulu since 2012. In my work, I teach several courses in the subject of Finnish language: Variation and development of Finnish language, Lexicon and Onomastics, Theories and Methods (Sociolinguistics and Folk Linguistics), and Teaching and Evaluating Speech Communication Skills. In 2012, I held a course on minority languages and their research methods together with Marja-Liisa Olthuis and Laura Arola. In addition, I have taught the Karelian language and culture course. I have participated in university teacher exchange twice. In the Czech Republic (in 2010), I taught the history of the Finnish language, and in Italy (in 2009), I taught the structure of the Finnish language.

I have taken 60 credits of pedagogic studies for teachers with excellent grades. I have given two public teaching samples (in 2012 and 2006), achieving the grades "excellent".

DynamicS

The Dynamics of Minority Language Survival (DynamicS) is a research project founded to study multilingualism in the Oulu region.In our multidisciplinary project we study the dynamics of minority language survival. Language endangerment has been the focus of much attention over the past few decades. Earlier, minority language research has typically looked at how endangered language is. DynamicS in turn, aims to highlight positive factors that preserve minority languages. Why some people manage to maintain their heritage language despite assimilation policy? What influential factors lie behind this phenomenon? What kinds of issues in communality, community spirit and linguistic and cultural status guarantee the wellbeing and survival of a language minority? By researching these issues and disseminating the results we are promoting the revitalization of minority languages.

Social media

Selected publications

  • Kunnas, Niina (2016) Finnic languages. Encyclopedia of the Barents region : vol. 1 A-M. Olsson, Mats-Olov. - Ei sarjaa/No series. Oslo. 221–225
  • Aikio, Ante; Arola, Laura; Kunnas, Niina (2015) Variation in North Saami. Globalising sociolinguistics : challenging and expanding theories. Smakman, Dick; Heinrich, Patrick. - Ei sarjaa/No series. Lontoo. 243–255
  • Kunnas, Niina (2015) Language change in Viena Karelian idiolects : a follow-up study (Seuruututkimus vienankarjalaisten idiolektien muuttumisesta). (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - Congressus Duodecimus Internationalis Fenno-Ugristarum, Oulu 2015 ; Book of Abstracts. Mantila, Harri; Sivonen, Jari; Brunni, Sisko; Leinonen, Kaisa; Palviainen, Santeri. Ei sarjaa/No series. Oulu. 91–92. [Original]
  • Kunnas, Niina (2015) Tutkimus suomalaisten maallikkojen metakielestä. - Virittäjä 119 (4), 604-607
  • Kunnas, Niina (2015) Ajatuksie karjalan kielen tulija-ajasta Suomessa. - Taival-almanakku 1, 81-84
  • Kunnas, Niina (2014) Suomenkarjalan kielen nykytila ja tulevaisuus. - Futura (4), 18-29
  • Kunnas, Niina (2013) Vienankarjalaisten kielikäsityksiä. Karjala-kuvaa rakentamassa. Suutari, Pekka. - Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seuran toimituksia 1389. Helsinki, SKS. 289-330
  • Kunnas, Niina (2011) The role of morphology in phonological change: Rethinking diffusion theory.. Language Variation - European Perspectives III. Selected papers from the 5th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE5), Copenhagen, June 2009. Frans Gregersen, Jeffrey K. Parrot, Pia Quist. Amsterdam. 185-199
  • Arola Laura, Kunnas Niina, Winsa Birger (2011) Meänkieli in Sweden: An Overview of Language in Context. - Working Papers in European Language Diversity 6. Mainz, Eldia. 18. [Original]
  • Kunnas Niina, Arola Laura (2010) Perspectives on the attitudes of minority language speakers in Swedish Torne Valley and Viena Karelia.. Planning a new standard language. Finnic minority languages meet the new millennium.. Helena Sulkala ja Harri Mantila. - Studia Fennica Linguistica 15. Helsinki, Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. 119–146
  • Kunnas Niina (2010) Multilingual Finland. - MediAzioni 9, 1-7 . [Original]
  • Kunnas, Niina (2009) Ethnic loyalty as an explanatory factor behind individual differences in variation.. - SKY Journal of Linguistics 22, 175-219
  • Kunnas, Niina (2006) Yksi, kaksi vai monta kirjakieltä? Vienankarjalaisten kanta kirjakielidebattiin. - Virittäjä 110 (2), 229-247
  • Kunnas, Niina (2003) Revitalization of minority languages as a way to promote well-being in the North . - International journal of circumpolar health 62 (4), 410-422
  • Aikio, Ante; Arola, Laura; Kunnas, Niina (2015) Variation in North Saami.. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - Globalising sociolinguistics : challenging the anglo-western nature of sociolinguistics and expanding theories. Ei sarjaa/No series. Leiden, University of Leiden. 52–54. [Original]
  • Kunnas, Niina (2016) How do idiolects of old minority language speaker‘s change? : a case study of White Sea Karelian. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Murcia 2016, e-Book of Abstracts : attitudes and prestige : Murcia 15-18 June 2016. Ei sarjaa/No series. 582. [Original]
  • Arola, L. & Kunnas, Niina (2006) Meänkieli and Vienna Karelian - sister languages under the crosspressure of majority languages. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - Abstract book, 5rd International Kastelli Symposium, Oulu, 24 - 25.11.2006
  • Kunnas Niina (2009) The role of morphology in phonological change: rethinking diffusion theory. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - ICLaVe # 5. Book of abstracts. University of Copenhagen, Denmark June 25-27.2009. -, University of Copenhagen. 60-61
  • Kunnas, Nina (2008) Dialect change in endangered language: The case of Viena Karelian. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - FRIAS Conference. Dialectological and Folk DialectologicalConcepts of Space. Current Methods and Perspectives in Sociolinguistic Research on Dialect Change. Freiburg i, Br., 27-29 November 2008. Information and Abstracts. 10
  • Kunnas, Niina (2004) Vienankarjala Kalevalassa uuden vuosituhannen alussa. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - Sovremennoje sostojanije i perspektivõ razvitija karelskogo, vepsskogo, i finskogo jazõkov v Respublike Karelija. Toim. T. S. Kleerova & S. P. Pasjukova. Petrozavodsk, Gosudarstvennoi komitet Respubliki Karelija po delam natsionalnoi politiki/Perio. 146-147
  • Frick, Maria; Kunnas, Niina (2017) Diasystematic links across constructions in cognate languages : The case of Karelian‒Finnish and Estonian‒Finnish compound nouns. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - Contact-Driven Multilingual Practices (Helsinki, 1‒2 June 2017) Book of abstracts. Ei sarjaa/No series. Helsinki, University of Helsinki. 14-15. [Original]
  • Kunnas, Niina (2016) How do idiolects of old minority language speaker‘s change? : a case study of White Sea Karelian. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Murcia 2016, e-Book of Abstracts : attitudes and prestige : Murcia 15-18 June 2016. Ei sarjaa/No series. 582. [Original]
  • Arola Laura, Kunnas Niina (2010) Kieliasennetutkimuksen merkitys vähemmistökielen revitalisaatiossa. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - XXXVII Kielitieteen päivät Helsingissä 20.–22.5.2010. Esitelmien tiivistelmät.. Järjestelytoimikunta. 13. [Original]
  • Arola Laura, Kunnas Niina (2010) Language ideologies and the school instruction of minority languages.. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - Abstract book of ETMU-days 21.–22.10.2010.. Päivi Jokinen. Oulu. 33. [Original]
  • Arola, L. & Kunnas, Niina (2006) Meänkieli and Vienna Karelian - sister languages under the crosspressure of majority languages. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - Abstract book, 5rd International Kastelli Symposium, Oulu, 24 - 25.11.2006
  • Kunnas, Niina (2014) Viena Karelians as observers of dialect differences in their heritage language. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - FINKA Symposium 4-6 June 2014 : on the border of language and dialect. Palander, Marjatta et al.. Ei sarjaa/No series. 21–22
  • Kunnas, Niina (2004) Vienankarjala Kalevalassa uuden vuosituhannen alussa. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - Sovremennoje sostojanije i perspektivõ razvitija karelskogo, vepsskogo, i finskogo jazõkov v Respublike Karelija. Toim. T. S. Kleerova & S. P. Pasjukova. Petrozavodsk, Gosudarstvennoi komitet Respubliki Karelija po delam natsionalnoi politiki/Perio. 146-147
  • Määttä, Niina (2003) Language attitudes and the use of native language: the case of Viena Karelian. (Abstrakti (Ei KOTAan)). - ICML-IX, Abstracts, Posters and Participants. International Conference on Minority Languages. Tukholma, Tukholman yliopiston suomen kielen laitos. 56
  • Kunnas, Niina (2018) Viena Karelians as observers of dialect differences in their heritage language. On the border of language and dialect. Palander, Marjatta; Riionheimo, Helka; Koivisto, Vesa. - Studia Fennica Linguistica 21. Helsinki. 123–155. [Original] [Self-archived]

Thesis supervisions

Thesis supervisions
  • I have supervised 60 theses. Currently I am supervising 4 PhD theses and 3 MA theses.