Researcher of the Month: Mari Siiroinen

Mari Siiroinen - kuva: Mika Federley
Photo: Mika Federley


Kielipankki – The Language Bank of Finland is a service for researchers using language resources. Mari Siiroinen, research coordinator in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki tells us about her research on the Digital Morphology Archives and the Suomi24.

Who are you?

I am Mari Siiroinen, research coordinator in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki.
I work with Finnish language resources, among other things. I try to further the digitization of old corpora so that they can be part of Kielipankki resources.

What is your research topic?

I am interested in syntax and morphology of spoken Finnish. I also belong to a group of linguists who study the semantics of the Finnish words for anger and hate.

How is your research related to Kielipankki?

At the moment I use the Digital Morphology Archives of Finnish dialects (DMA) to gather data from certain variants of stem-case ending pairs in Finnish dialects which have disappeared in modern spoken language. I am interested in the rate of the change in different dialect areas.

In addition to this, I have been doing research using the Suomi24 corpus with Heli Tissari and Ulla Vanhatalo. We study the meanings and uses of Finnish words referring to anger and hatred.


The FIN-CLARIN consortium consists of a group of Finnish universities along with CSC – IT Center for Science and the Institute for the Languages of Finland (Kotus). FIN-CLARIN helps the researchers in Finland to use, to refine, to preserve and to share their language resources. The Language Bank of Finland is the collection of services that provides the language materials and tools for the research community.

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