Ilmari Ivaska Wins Kotikielen Seura Dissertation Prize

  • Ilmari Ivaska
    Ilmari Ivaska

The Society for the Study of Finnish (Kotikielen Seura) has awarded its Outstanding Dissertation Prize for 2016 to Finnish lecturer Ilmari Ivaska. Ivaska defended his dissertation in 2015 at the University of Turku, Finland. In the dissertation ”Edistyneen oppijansuomen konstruktiopiirteitä korpusvetoisesti: avainrakenneanalyysi” (’A Corpus-Driven Approach towards Constructional Features of Advanced Learner Finnish: Key Structure Analysis’), Ivaska studies linguistic use of automatic data mining methodologies and their applications to teaching and study of Finnish as a second language. Ivaska shows that the process of language learning is profoundly genre- and context-dependent, and goes on to argue that all language learning and teaching should take into account the situated nature of language use.