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PhD Heli Paulasto

Senior Lecturer in English linguistics
English Language and Culture, University of Eastern Finland

Address: English Language and Culture, University of Eastern Finland, P.O. Box 111, FIN-80101 Joensuu, Finland
Phone: +358-(0)2944 52145
Email: heli.paulasto (at)
Former name: Heli Pitkänen

PhD, University of Joensuu, 2006 (Thesis Welsh English Syntax: Contact and Variation); MA, University of Joensuu, 1998.

CRIS Research database

Main areas of research and teaching

  • Language variation and change
  • Language contact and multilingual interaction
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Morphosyntax
  • World Englishes and English as a global language
  • English language teaching
  • History of English

Fields of expertise

  • Welsh English and other Celtic Englishes
  • Morphosyntactic variation and shared features across varieties of English
  • Multilingual English as a lingua franca interaction in community arts

Current and recent projects

Courses taught in English Language and Culture 2018-2019 (WebOodi)

BA studies

  • Changing English
  • English as a World Language
  • Bachelor's Seminar in English Linguistics

MA studies

  • Celtic Englishes
  • Classroom English
  • Linguistic and Cultural Encounters in Language Teaching

  • ELF: English as a Lingua Franca (book exam in 2018-2019)

Lecturing in co-taught courses in MDP in Linguistic Sciences

  • Methods and Corpus Technology in Variatonist Research
  • Language Policy
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