Satu Manninen

Satu Manninen


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I am professor in English linguistics and "docent" in general linguistics. I hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D) in theoretical linguistics.

I am member in the steering committee for MA programme in language and linguistics, and the contact person for specialization in English.

I am manager of research and research education in English language and linguistics. I am also member in the board for Section 4 for English and German.

I am trained in CPR and have attended a course in fire safety training.


 I teach courses in English linguistics at all levels, including:

  • generative syntax / PhD course
  • semantics / PhD level
  • supervision of MA and BA theses
  • essay writing seminars / BA level
  • English descriptive grammar / MA level
  • Lexical semantics / MA level
  • Linguistic variation and sociolinguistics / MA level
  • Syntax / BA level
  • Semantics and pragmatics / BA level
  • Language and gender / BA level
  • English linguistics / Introductory course at B level
  • Academic writing / A level
  • English grammar / A level
  • English phonology and phonetics / A level

 I have also developed a lot of teaching materials, including a traditional course book (English Linguistics: Introduction to Morphology, Syntax and Semantics, 2012, Studentlitteratur, with Mats Johansson) and a MOOC / webb-based electronic resource in academic writing (Writing in English at University, 2016, Coursera, with Ellen Turner and Cecilia Wadsö Lecaros). The MOOC is part of a bigger project in academic writing. 


My research is mostly in the field of theoretical syntax, with particular reference to Finnish and the other Finnic languages; and to English. My earliest work focussed on adverbials and their positions. I have also worked on prepositional and postpositional phrases; on relative clauses; and on argument structure and realization (esp. on passive and impersonal constructions in Finnish). I am currently investigating the properties and uses of so-called ideophones in Finnish, English and Swedish; a lot of this work is done jointly with FD Maria Wiktorsson from Malmö University.

In addition to doing purely linguistic research, I have worked on more pedagogical and educational topics, such as the value of teaching study planning to university students, and the challenges of teaching academic writing to non-native speakers / writers of English. This work is done jointly with FD Ellen Turner and FD Cecilia Wadsö Lecaros.

A new addition is a project with literary and translation studies scholars into translations of prose into various languages. This is a joint project with FD Alexander Bareis (Department of German, LU), Professor Lisa Holm (Department of Nordic Languages, LU) and FD Mari Mossberg (Department of Nordic Languages, LU).

UKÄ subject classification

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Specific Languages


  • syntax
  • semantics
  • morphology
  • academic writing
  • English
  • Finnish


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