Kaj Syrjänen

Master of Arts, University of Tampere, The Complementation of the Verb Decline from the 18th Century to the Present Day

Major interests

  • Language change
  • Computational linguistics
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Linguistic datasets


  • Honkola, T., Ruokolainen, K., Syrjänen, K., Leino U, Tammi, I, Wahlberg, N. & Vesakoski, O. (2018) “Evolution within a language: Environmental differences contribute to divergence of dialect groups,” BMC Evolutionary Biology 18:132. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-018-1238-6.
  • Syrjänen, K., Honkola, T., Lehtinen, J., Leino, A. & Vesakoski, O. (2016) “Applying Population Genetic Approaches within Languages: Finnish Dialects as Linguistic Populations. Language Dynamics and Change 6: 235-283. DOI: 10.1163/22105832-00602002.
  • Höglund, M. & Syrjänen, K. (2016) “Corpus of Early American Literature.” ICAME Journal 40, pp. 123-144. DOI: 10.1515/icame-2016-0001.
  • Lehtinen, J., Honkola, T., Korhonen, K., Syrjänen, K., Wahlberg, N. & Vesakoski, O. (2014) “Behind family trees: Secondary connections in Uralic language networks”, Language Dynamics and Change 4: 189-221. DOI: 10.1163/22105832-00402007.
  • Honkola, T., Vesakoski, O., Korhonen, K., Lehtinen, J., Syrjänen, K., Wahlberg, N. (2013) “Cultural and climatic changes shape the evolutionary history of the Uralic languages”, Journal of Evolutionary Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12107.
  • Syrjänen, K., Honkola, T., Korhonen, K., Lehtinen, J., Vesakoski, O., & Wahlberg, N. (2013) “Shedding more light on language classification using basic vocabularies and phylogenetic methods: a case study of Uralic”, Diachronica 30:3, 323-352. DOI: 10.1075/dia.30.3.02syr.
  • Syrjänen, K. (2012) “Tracing the history of dialectological research in Finland.” Les dossiers de HEL, SHESL, Paris, n°5. Paris, SHESL.
  • Syrjänen, K. (2011) “Review of Why Do Languages Change? by Robert Lawrence Trask.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 2, CXII 2011, pp. 252-254.
  • Höglund, M. & Syrjänen, K. (2010) “Towards a corpus of early American literature: on the challenges of compiling a comparable diachronic corpus.” In: I. Moskowich-Spiegel Fandiño, B. Crespo García, I. Lareo Martín, P. Lojo Sandino (eds), Language Windowing Through Corpora. A Coruña: Universidade da Coruña, pp. 429–442.
  • Syrjänen, K. (2009) “Review of Non-finite Complementation: A usage-based study of infinitive and –ing clauses in English by Thomas Egan.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 2, CX 2009, pp. 249–250.

Contact information

Email: kaj.syrjanen(at)tuni.fi