Satu Manninen

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Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Specific Languages


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

Professional work

I am professor in English linguistics and "docent" in general linguistics. I have also taught courses in Finnish (Lund University) as well as worked as visiting lecturer in Malmö University.

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

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


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

  • supervision of MA and BA theses
  • essay writing seminars / BA level
  • English descriptive grammar / MA level
  • Lexical semantics / 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 also 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.

Recent research outputs

Satu Manninen, Ellen Turner & Cecilia Wadsö-Lecaros, 2020, Lund: Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University. 154 p. (Lund Studies in English)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Satu Manninen, 2018, In: Finno-Ugric Languages and Linguistics. 7, 1, 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

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