Research student, School of Welsh
After completing a four-year undergraduate degree in European Studies at the University of Portsmouth I gained a Master’s degree in International Journalism at Cardiff University. My dissertation titled Euroscepticism in Britain and Finland: attitudes and print media since accession (awarded distinction) looked at the two countries’ different histories and societies leading to different cultures of euroscepticism in a comparative analysis.
I spent ten years working as a freelance researcher, journalist, writer and translator in Wales, Finland and Chile before returning to academia in 2015. I am now a PhD candidate at the School of Welsh, researching trilingual children.
- AILA Research Network in Early Language Learning
- Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée
- Association of Finnish language teachers
- The British Association of Applied Linguistics
- The Finnish Saturday School in Cardiff (founder of the school)
- The Philological society
A comparative study of trilingual families in Finland and Wales: sociolinguistics, intergenerational language transmission methods, language development barriers and children's perspectives.
The thesis investigates trilingual children in two bilingual societies' capital cities, Helsinki and Cardiff.
Observations and interviews are conducted to answer the following questions:
- What are the intergenerational minority language transmission methods of potentially trilingual families?
- What other factors, including sociocultural challenges and support or parental attitudes and background, influence minority or heritage language learning and trilingual language transmission in Helsinki and Cardiff?
- What are the children's perceptions of acquiring their three first languages? Is there a link between families' strategies - including the possible extended families - and children's attitudes and/or active use of languages? Are there language strategies or factors that will have a more positive influence on trilingual children's perceptions and therefore motivation?
It is anticipated that the research results will offer detailed insights into sociolinguistic factors that influence the transmission of three languages; children’s perspectives; the role of extended families in language transmission; as well as strategies of trilingual families in Helsinki and Cardiff.
This study will add to our knowledge in an emerging field of multilingualism and the research results aim to strengthen the status of minority languages across the world. It will also provide resources for multilingual families.
News articles regarding the research project
Multilingualism, trilingualism, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, linguistics, sociology of language and second language acquisition.