Researcher of the Month: Katja Västi

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Kielipankki – The Language Bank of Finland is a service for researchers using language resources. Katja Västi, lecturer of Finnish Language at the University of Oulu, tells us about her research on the Finnish Text Collection.

Who are you?

I’m Katja Västi, lecturer of Finnish Language at the University of Oulu.

What is your research topic?

In my doctoral dissertation I discuss the semantic and syntactic properties of Finnish verbless expressions in the light of two examples, the SOURCE construction (e.g. Oikeusasiamieheltä huomautus, lit. ‘From the ombudsman a complaint’) and the GOAL construction (e.g. Pakistanille rangaistus lit. ‘For Pakistan a punishment’). These constructions express dynamic events in a way comparable to finite constructions. However, they are not elliptic structures but genuinely verbless constructions.

How is your research related to Kielipankki?

The main corpus data of my doctoral dissertation was the Finnish Text Collection, that can be found in Kielipankki.


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