Biological Evolution and the Diversification of Languages

Kaj Syrjänen

Master of Arts, University of Tampere, The Complementation of the Verb Decline from the 18th Century to the Present Day

Major interests

  • Language change
  • Computational historical linguistics
  • Computational dialectology
  • Language corpora and corpus linguistics

Publications

  • Syrjänen, K., Honkola, T., Lehtinen, J., Leino, A. & Vesakoski, O. (2016) “Applying Population Genetic Approaches within Languages: Finnish Dialects as Linguistic Populations. Langauge Dynamics and Change 6: 235-283. DOI: 10.1163/22105832-00602002.
  • Höglund, M. & Syrjänen, K. (2016) “Corpus of Early American Literature.” ICAME Journal 40, pp. 123-144. DOI: 10.1515/icame-2016-0001.
  • Lehtinen, J., Honkola, T., Korhonen, K., Syrjänen, K., Wahlberg, N. & Vesakoski, O. (2014) “Behind family trees: Secondary connections in Uralic language networks”, Language Dynamics and Change 4: 189-221. DOI: 10.1163/22105832-00402007.
  • Honkola, T., Vesakoski, O., Korhonen, K., Lehtinen, J., Syrjänen, K., Wahlberg, N. (2013) “Cultural and climatic changes shape the evolutionary history of the Uralic languages”, Journal of Evolutionary Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12107.
  • Syrjänen, K., Honkola, T., Korhonen, K., Lehtinen, J., Vesakoski, O., & Wahlberg, N. (2013) “Shedding more light on language classification using basic vocabularies and phylogenetic methods: a case study of Uralic”, Diachronica 30:3, 323-352. DOI: 10.1075/dia.30.3.02syr.
  • Syrjänen, K. (2012) “Tracing the history of dialectological research in Finland.” Les dossiers de HEL, SHESL, Paris, n°5. Paris, SHESL.
  • Syrjänen, K. (2011) “Review of Why Do Languages Change? by Robert Lawrence Trask.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 2, CXII 2011, pp. 252-254.
  • Höglund, M. & Syrjänen, K. (2010) “Towards a corpus of early American literature: on the challenges of compiling a comparable diachronic corpus.” In: I. Moskowich-Spiegel Fandiño, B. Crespo García, I. Lareo Martín, P. Lojo Sandino (eds), Language Windowing Through Corpora. A Coruña: Universidade da Coruña, pp. 429–442.
  • Syrjänen, K. (2009) “Review of Non-finite Complementation: A usage-based study of infinitive and –ing clauses in English by Thomas Egan.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 2, CX 2009, pp. 249–250.

Contact information

Email: kaj.jaakko.syrjanen(at)uta.fi

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