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Anna Verschik


Anna Verschik is the Professor of General Linguistics at Tallinn University. Her scholarly interests inculde topics like Estonian-Russian language contacts, multilingualism on the internet, sociolinguistics in the Baltic countries, contacts of Yiddish in the Baltic area and sociolinguistic situation of post-Soviet countries in a comparative perspective . She teaches subjects related to her research field.

Main research interests: contact linguistics and multilingualism.

Reili Argus


Reili Argus is the Professor of Estonian Language. She has taught regularly psycholinguistics, first language acquisition, language editing and word-formation in Estonian. Her primary interest is the acquisition of Estonian as a first language. The main focus of her research has been on the acquisition of Estonian morphology, as well as on the acquisition of lexico-semantic and pragmatic categories. She works also on topics connected with language planning and practical use of Estonian language. She is a member of the Language Planning Board of the Society of Mother Tongue and the Society of Estonian Language Editors.

Krista Kerge


Krista Kerge in the Professor of Applied Linguistics and working for Tallinn University (including its predecessors) for thirty years. She is supervising a number of PhD students covering a diverse range of topics. She is facinated by the integration of various linguistic subject areas, the intersections of linguistics and various social sciences, and language as a tool for artistic creation (for example, translation of fiction).

Main research interests: linguistic variation, text and genre analysis, language acquisition, learning and teaching of first and second language, verbal communication (especially legal and administrative communication), syntax and word formation of Estonian text.

Suliko Liiv


Suliko Liiv is the Professor of English at Tallinn University. She graduated from the University of Tartu specialising in Germanic and Romance philology and the teaching of English. She has improved her professional knowledge at different universities in the United Kingdom and the USA. Her doctoral thesis focused on the pronoun "it" in English: formal pronoun "it" as a device for neutralising subjective and objective relations of the predicate.
Her research areas are contrastive linguistics, intercultural communication, foreign language teaching methods, language policy and lexicography.