Short CV/Education and training

  • 1979 – 1985
    Studies of Finno-Ugric languages, Finnic languages and general linguistics at the University of Helsinki

  • 1984 – 1985
    Study sojourns in Budapest (ELTE University)

  • 1985
    M. A. (= cand. phil.) at the University of Helsinki

  • 1986
    Study sojourns in Tallinn (Pedagogical University)

  • 1988
    Lic. phil. at the University of Helsinki

  • 1990
    PhD at the University of Helsinki (PhD thesis Translatiivinen verbinjohdin NE itämerensuomalaisissa kielissä [= The translative verbal derivation suffix NE in the Finnic languages] published in the series “Mémoires de la Société Finno-Ougrienne” 1990.)

  • since 1997
    Docent (corresponds roughly to the “Habilitation”/venia legendi in the German-speaking world) of Finno-Ugric languages at the University of Helsinki

Selected publications

  • Berényi-Kiss, Hajnalka & Johanna Laakso & Angelika Parfuss (2013). Hungarian in Austria: ELDIA Case-Specific Report. Studies in European Language Diversity 22. Mainz &c: ELDIA. 312 pp. ( )

  • Kiefer, Ferenc, & Laakso, Johanna (2014). Uralic. – In Rochelle Lieber & Pavol Štekauer (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology. (Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics). Oxford University Press.

  • Csire, Márta & Johanna Laakso (2014). L3, L1 or L0? Heritage-Language Students as Third-Language Learners. – In Agnieszka Otwinowska & Gessica De Angelis (Eds.), Teaching and Learning in Multilingual Contexts: Sociolinguistic and Educational Perspectives. (pp. 215-231). (Bilingual Education & Bilingualism). Bristol/Buffalo/Toronto: Multilingual Matters Ltd..

  • Laakso, Johanna (2014). Who Needs Karelian, Kven, or Austrian Hungarian – and Why?. In Virve-Anneli Vihman & Kristiina Praakli (Eds.), Negotiating Linguistic Identity: Language and belonging in Europe. (pp. 35-57). Nationalisms across the Globe 14. Oxford: Peter Lang Ltd. International Academic Publishers.

  • Laakso, Johanna (2012). Language contact in space and time: Perspectives and pitfalls in diachronic contact linguistics. Finnisch-Ugrische Mitteilungen, 35, 173-188.

  • Laakso, Johanna (2012). Linguistic approaches to Finno-Ugric literary multilingualism. In Johanna Laakso, & Johanna Domokos (Eds.), Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Finno-Ugric Literatures. (pp. 26-36). Finno-Ugrian Studies in Austria (FUSA) 8. Wien: LIT Verlag.

  • Laakso, Johanna (2011). Being Finno-Ugrian, Being in the Minority – Reflections on Linguistic and Other Criteria. In Riho Grünthal & Magdolna Kovács (Eds.), Ethnic and Linguistic Context of Identity: Finno-Ugric Minorities. (pp. 13-36). Uralica Helsingiensia 5. Helsinki: Suomalais-Ugrilainen Seura.

  • Laakso, Johanna (2011). Some basic issues of gender theory from a Finno-Ugric point of view. In Hanneke Boode & Edit Zsadányi (Eds.), Gender Perspectives on Hungarian and Finnish Culture: Proceedings of the Workshop Gender Issues in Contemporary Finno-Ugric Cultures at the University of Groningen, June 3-4, 2010. (pp. 7-24). Studia Fenno-Ugrica Groningana 6. Maastricht: Shaker Verlag GmbH.

  • Laakso, Johanna (2011). The Uralic languages. In Bernd Kortmann, & Johan van der Auwera (Eds.), The Languages and Linguistics of Europe: A Comprehensive Guide. (pp. 179-197). The World of Linguistics; Vol. 1. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter.

  • Laakso, Johanna (2010). Contact and the Finno-Ugric Languages. In Raymond Hickey (Ed.), The Handbook of Language Contact. (pp. 598-617). Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ELDIA (

  • VIRSU network (

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Austrian Academy of Sciences (corresponding member)

  • Finnish Academy of Science and Letters

  • International Organising Committee: Congressus

  • Internationalis Fenno-Ugristarum


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