Mari Uusküla poseesses a MA and PhD degrees from University of Tartu and has also studied at the Eötvös Lorand University Budapest, Hungary and at Universita degli studi di Firenze, Italy. Her research interests include linguistics, lexical semantics, semantic typology, color naming, categorization and perception, field linguistics, and psycholinguistics. She has published research articles on color semantics and categorization in a range of European languages including Hungarian, Italian, Russian, Finnish, Czech and others. She teaches psycholinguistics, anthropological linguistics, semantics and pragmatics at Tallinn University. She supervises at BA, MA and PhD levels. She has also lectured in a number of European Universities in Roskilde, Verona, Milano, Budapest and others.

Main tasks

teaching several courses (Language and Culture in English, supervision of LIFE courses)


supervision on BA, MA and PhD level

Head of Western European Studies Study Area

Areas of research

linguistic typology (semantic fields)



the language of landscape