Markku Filppula, PhD

Markku Filppula was awarded his PhD by the National University of Ireland (Dublin) in 1986. He is Professor of English at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF; formerly University of Joensuu) and Docent in English Philology at the University of Helsinki. In 2007, he was invited to membership of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. Filppula is currently Dean of the Philosophical Faculty at UEF and has also actively contributed to research training at both national and international levels. From 2003 to 2011 he was Director of LANGNET, the Finnish Graduate School in Language Studies, and from 2006 to 2009 Director of NordLing, the Nordic Network of Graduate Schools in Language Studies.

Markku Filppula research interests have focused on (especially syntactic) variation in present-day regional and social as well as earlier varieties of English. A prominent theme in his research has been language and dialect contacts and their role in the formation and present-day make-up of varieties spoken in Ireland, the British Isles, and in other parts of the world. In recent years, he has led three major research projects on these topics, all funded by the Academy of Finland: English and Celtic in Contact (2000-2002), Vernacular Universals vs. Contact-Induced Language Change (2005-2009), and Global English: Typological, contact-linguistic and second-language acquisition perspectives (2010-2013).

Filppula has published widely on Hiberno-English and other English dialects, especially ‘Celtic Englishes’, the history of English and language contacts. He is the author of Some Aspects of Hiberno-English in a Functional Sentence Perspective (University of Joensuu, 1986) and The Grammar of Irish English: Language in Hibernian Style (Routledge, 1999), co-author of English and Celtic in Contact (Routledge, 2008), and co-editor of The Celtic Roots of English (University of Joensuu Press, 2002), Dialects Across Borders (Benjamins, 2005), Vernacular Universals and Language Contacts (Routledge, 2009), and the Special Issue on ’Re-evaluating the Celtic Hypothesis’ for English Language and Linguistics 13:2 (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He also wrote the chapter on Irish English morphology and syntax for A Handbook of Varieties of English, Vol. 2: Morphology and Syntax (ed. by B. Kortmann, E. Schneider et al., Mouton de Gruyter, 2004), on the emergence of the ‘Celtic Englishes’ for The Handbook of the History of English (ed. by A. van Kemenade and B. Los, Blackwell, 2006), and on language contacts and the early history of English for The Handbook of Language Contact (ed. by R. Hickey, Blackwell, 2010).