Tanja Säily

Curriculum vitae

7 August 2020

Personal details

Surname
Säily
First names
Tanja Inkeri
ORCID
0000-0003-4407-8929
Website
tanjasaily.fi

Degrees

PhD degree
25 Nov 2014, English Philology, University of Helsinki, Finland
MA degree
10 Jun 2008, English Philology, University of Helsinki, Finland
BA degree
15 Jun 2004, English Philology, University of Helsinki, Finland

Current employment

Job description
Assistant Professor in English Language (tenure track)
Employer
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts, Department of Languages
Start & end dates
1 September 2019 – 31 August 2024

Previous work experience

Postdoctoral researcher
University of Helsinki, Finland, January 2015 – August 2019
Doctoral student
University of Helsinki, Finland, January 2009 – December 2014
Research assistant
University of Helsinki, Finland, September 2005 – December 2008, part-time
Research visits
University of Saarland, Germany, February–March 2019
University of Zürich, Switzerland, February–March 2017
University of Tampere, Finland, September–December 2016
University of Freiburg, Germany, November 2010

Research funding & grants

Principal investigator
Academy of Finland, grant 333717, 2020–2024, funding €275,187 (consortium €552,973)
“Rise of commercial society and eighteenth-century publishing”
Postdoctoral researcher
Academy of Finland, grant 323390, 2020–2023, funding €213,530
“Historical sociolinguistics meets Construction Grammar: The case of productivity in English”
Member of application writing team, postdoctoral researcher in project (PI Terttu Nevalainen)
Academy of Finland, grant 293009, 2016–2019, funding €370,855 (consortium €664,871)
“Interfacing structured and unstructured data in sociolinguistic research on language change”
Academy of Finland, grant 276349, 2014–2018, funding €544,917
“Reassessing language change: The challenge of real time”
Doctoral student
Langnet, the Finnish Graduate School in Language Studies:
4-year funded PhD student position, January 2009 – December 2012
“Sociolinguistic variation in derivational morphology: Studies and methods in diachronic corpus linguistics”

Research output

Number of publications
36 publications in total, including:
9 refereed journal articles (A1)
11 refereed articles in edited volumes (A3)
9 refereed articles in conference publications (A4)
6 edited volumes (C2)
1 book, PhD thesis (G5)
Most important publications in the ranking of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies
2 articles in a journal ranked as a top (level 3) publication channel:
Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory
5 articles in journals ranked as leading (level 2) publication channels:
2 × Digital Scholarship in the Humanities
(formerly known as Literary and Linguistic Computing)
1 × International Journal of Corpus Linguistics
1 × Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics
1 × Pragmatics & Cognition
Complete list of publications
Publications · Tools

Research supervision & leadership experience

Supervision of doctoral students
Emily Öhman (2018–), co-supervisor
Leader of subproject
NATAS: Social embedding of neologisms in early English letters
(STRATAS, Academy of Finland DIGIHUM programme, 2016–2019)
Project coordinator
Data mining tools for changing modalities of communication
(DAMMOC, Academy of Finland MOTIVE programme, 2009–2011)

Teaching merits

Pedagogical training
YP111 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2011 (5 cr)
YP112 Constructive Alignment in Course Design, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2012 (5 cr)
YP 2.2 Assessment of Learning and Giving Feedback, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2020 (5 cr)
Teaching experience
KIK-402 Kieli yhteiskunnassa ja kulttuurissa [Language in Society and Culture]
University of Helsinki, Finland, 2020 spring (co-teacher)
ENG-3013 Methodology in Corpus Linguistics
University of Helsinki, Finland, 2019 autumn (teacher)
New course: LDA-H502 Digital Humanities Hackathon
University of Helsinki, Finland, 2019-05 (co-teacher)
University of Helsinki, Finland, 2015-05 (co-teacher)
ENG-3037 Project in Variation and Change
University of Helsinki, Finland, 2018 spring (co-teacher)
New workshop: Data Visualization in Historical Sociolinguistics
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2018-03 (teacher)
ENG381 Project Work in English Philology
University of Helsinki, Finland, 2016 autumn (co-teacher)
University of Helsinki, Finland, 2015 spring (co-teacher)
New workshop: DH Methods for Dummies
University of Helsinki, Finland, 2014-12 (co-teacher)
ENG114a Text Analysis from English into Finnish I
University of Helsinki, Finland, 2012 spring (teacher)

Awards & honours

Best paper award
4th Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries conference (DHN 2019), Copenhagen, Denmark

Other key academic merits

Editor of series
Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English:
Managing Editor, 2012–
External examiner
Chris Ryder’s PhD thesis, University of Reading, UK, December 2018
(advisors: Jacqueline Laws and Sylvia Jaworska)
Reviewer
Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Corpora, Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities, Journal of Germanic Linguistics, Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, Practical Handbook of Corpus Linguistics, Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, Routledge Advances in Corpus Linguistics, Token: A Journal of English Linguistics
Proceedings: Dialogic Language Use 3, ICAME 27, ICAME 39, DHN 2019, DHN 2020
Scientific committee member
History of English Lexicography and Lexicology (HEL-LEX 2019)
International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME 2018, 2019, 2020)
Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries (DHN 2018)
ELF & Changing English (2017)
Local organizing team member
From Data to Evidence (2015; c. 100 participants)
New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (2012, 2008; c. 40 participants each)
Helsinki Corpus Festival (2011; c. 120 participants)
Board member
International Society for the Linguistics of English:
Secretary, 2019–; Webmaster, 2010–2012
Helsinki Society for Historical Lexicography:
Secretary, 2018–; Webmaster, 2014–
Oxford English Dictionary Advisory Forum:
Member, 2020–

Scientific & societal impact

Production of research data
CEECE = Corpus of Early English Correspondence Extension. Compiled by Terttu Nevalainen, Helena Raumolin-Brunberg, Samuli Kaislaniemi, Mikko Laitinen, Minna Nevala, Arja Nurmi, Minna Palander-Collin, Tanja Säily & Anni Sairio at the Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki.
Science communication
“En­sin juo­tiin cha­ta, sit­ten tee­tä – näin ke­hit­tyi englan­nin tee­sa­nas­to” [Cha before tea: How the English tea vocabulary developed], University of Helsinki news item with Eetu Mäkelä & Samuli Kaislaniemi, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, Finland, 12 December 2019. News item.
“The OED and historical text collections: Discovering new words”, joint webinar with Eetu Mäkelä in the Oxford English Dictionary webinar series, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 5 July 2019. YouTube video; blog post part 1, part 2.
“Kuinka lukea tuhansia kirjeitä yhdellä silmäyksellä: Vanhat kirjeet uudessa käyttöliittymässä” [How to read thousands of letters at a glance: Old letters in a new interface], talk at the Digital Humanities theme event, Think Corner, University of Helsinki, Finland, 15 November 2016. YouTube video.
“Tiedonlouhinta ja uudet menetelmät englannin kielen tutkimuksessa” [Data mining and new methods in English linguistics], talk at the alumni event Digitaaliset ihmistieteet – miten teknologia muuttaa ihmisen ja yhteiskunnan tutkimusta?, Think Corner, University of Helsinki, Finland, 18 March 2015.
“Kielenmuutostietokanta: Tutkimuksen tutkimusta” [Language Change Database: Research about research], joint lecture with Terttu Nevalainen in the public lecture series 4K: Kielen, kirjallisuuden ja kulttuurin kohtaamisia, University of Helsinki, Finland, 28 January 2015.