Niina Kunnas

PhD

Adjunct Professor
Sociolinguistics, Multilingualism

20 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 129 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 32 citations. The author has a h-index of 6.00.

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. In 2020 I got Interreg project funding with my Swedish and Norwegian colleaques and I am a Finnish project leader in project Samverkansplattform för minoritetsspråk på Nordkalotten 

 

Research interests

  • Sociolinguistics, Minority languages, Multilingualism

Merits in Teaching

I have worked as a teacher of Finnish language courses at the University of Oulu and at the Open University of Oulu for 18 years. I have taught the following courses: Lexicon and Onomastics, Language Variation in Finland, Language Planning, Phonology and Morphology, Structure of Finnish Language,  Karelian Language and Culture, Language Planning, Theories and Methods (Sociolinguistics, Folk Linguistics), Language Consulting, Derivation, Language History, Speech Communication, and Teaching Speech Communication Skills. At the Sami Allaskuvla i have taught the following courses:Dialects of FInnish Language, Finnish as a Second Language, Critical Media Analysis, Practices in Literacy Teaching.  

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.

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Selected publications

  • Kunnas, Niina (2019) Karjalan kieli Oulun seudulla. Oulu kieliyhteisönä. Mantila, Harri; Saviniemi, Maija; Kunnas, Niina. - Tietolipas 261. Helsinki. 144-199
  • Mantila, Harri; Kunnas, Niina (2019) Johdanto (Oulu kieliyhteisönä, 2019). Oulu kieliyhteisönä. Mantila, Harri; Saviniemi, Maija; Kunnas, Niina. - Tietolipas 261. Helsinki. 7-11
  • Mantila, Harri; Saviniemi, Maija; Kunnas, Niina (2019) Oulu kieliyhteisönä. - Tietolipas. Helsinki
  • Saviniemi, Maija; Kunnas, Niina; Mantila, Harri; Rajala, Elina; Paukkunen, Ulla (2019) Oulua havainnoimassa - kohti metakielen uutta jäsennystä. Oulu kieliyhteisönä. Mantila, Harri; Saviniemi, Maija; Kunnas, Niina. - Tietolipas 261. Helsinki. 276-318
  • 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]
  • Brunni, Sisko; Kunnas, Niina; Palviainen, Santeri; Sivonen, Jari (2018) Kuinka mahottomasti nää tekkiit : Juhlakirja Harri Mantilan 60-vuotispäivän kunniaksi. - Studia humaniora ouluensia 16. Oulu. 579. [Original]
  • Vaattovaara, Johanna; Kunnas, Niina; Saviniemi, Maija (2018) Stadi imitoituna. Kuinka mahottomasti nää tekkiit : Juhlakirja Harri Mantilan 60-vuotispäivän kunniaksi. Brunni, Sisko; Kunnas, Niina; Palviainen, Santeri; Sivonen, Jari. - Studia humaniora ouluensia 16. Oulu. 287-323. [Original] [Self-archived]
  • 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) Finnic languages. Encyclopedia of the Barents region : vol. 1 A-M. Olsson, Mats-Olov. - Ei sarjaa/No series. Oslo. 221–225
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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) 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) 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 (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
  • 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]
  • Kunnas Niina (2010) Multilingual Finland. - MediAzioni 9, 1-7 . [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]
  • Kunnas, Niina (2009) Ethnic loyalty as an explanatory factor behind individual differences in variation.. - SKY Journal of Linguistics 22, 175-219
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 (2006) Yksi, kaksi vai monta kirjakieltä? Vienankarjalaisten kanta kirjakielidebattiin. - Virittäjä 110 (2), 229-247
  • 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 (2003) Revitalization of minority languages as a way to promote well-being in the North . - International journal of circumpolar health 62 (4), 410-422

Thesis supervisions

Thesis supervisions
  • I have supervised 63 theses. Currently I am supervising 4 PhD theses and 8 MA theses.