Dr Stef Spronck (contact details ↗)

Address: University of Helsinki, P.O Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40, Room A 306), 00014 Helsingin Yliopisto, Helsinki, Finland.

I am a linguist interested in language description, language typology and (lay) views of language as a conceptual and material object. After my undergraduate studies in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I have been working with the Ngarinyin people of northwestern Australia and other speakers of Aboriginal languages in the western Kimberley region on language documentation and the typology of speech attributing structures ↗.

My research focuses on the relation between sociality and grammar, dealing with questions about how addressivity ↗ and linguistic reflexivity ↗ shape grammatical categories, what structural means languages have available to express their own and other people's perspective, and the semiotic diversity of language. Grammatical topics at the nexus of these interests are reported speech, modality/ evidentiality and discourse reference. My methodological work addresses fieldwork ethics and unequal (epistemic) access in academic and societal dialogues about language.

After completing my PhD ↗ at the Australian National University, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leuven and currently at the University of Helsinki, formerly with the Helsinki University Humanities Programme ↗ and now with projects in typology ↗, a HELSUS funded ↗ project on Language endangerment and well-being and a project on (eco)diversity and language in Indigenous studies ↗. This website aggregates my research, teaching and activities (please click on the large picture panes below).

Suggestions for collaboration are always welcome!