Alpo Honkapohja

Alpo Honkapohja, Dr. des.

Assistant to Prof. Timofeeva

Phone: +41 44 634 37 53

alpo.honkapohja@es.uzh.ch

Portrait

Alpo Honkapohja works as a (post-doctoral) research and teaching assistant to Prof. Dr. Olga Timofeeva. His duties include working on the Medieval Latin from Anglo-Saxon Sources project and teaching courses related to the History of the English Language.

Honkapohja is originally from Finland, where he lived before moving to Zurich in 2011. He completed his MA degree at the University of Helsinki in 2004 and a Licentiate of Philosophy (which in the Scandinavian system means a shorter version of a PhD) in 2011. In Helsinki, Honkapohja was affiliated with the Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English, where he worked as an (undergraduate) research assistant in 2000-2004 and a (postgraduate) member in 2007-2011. His work experience in Helsinki includes participating in three corpus projects: Middle English Medical Texts (MEMT), Early Modern English Medical Texts (EMEMT) and the Helsinki Corpus TEI XML edition.

Before returning to the university, Honkapohja worked as an English-as-second-language teacher in 2004-2007.

Research interests (as keywords): Middle English, Old English, Medieval Latin, Old Norse, historical dialectology (LALME), historical code-switching, manuscript studies, corpus linguistics,  digital editing (TEI XML), manuscript abbreviations, material philology

Publications

Monographs:

Honkapohja, Alpo. 2017. Alchemy, Medicine, and Commercial Book Production: A Codicological and Linguistic Study of the Sloane Manuscript Group. Turnhout: Brepols.

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

Honkapohja, Alpo. (forthcoming, 2017) "Punctuation and Late Mediaeval Bilingual Medical Manuscripts." In Claudia Claridge & Merja Kytö (eds)The pragmatics of punctuation: Past and present. Pragmatics and Beyond. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Honkapohja, Alpo. (forthcoming, May 2017). "‘Latin in recipes?’ A corpus-based approach to abbreviations as language independent elements in the Voigts-Sloane Sibing Group of Middle English medical manuscripts." In Janne Skaffari, Päivi Pahta & Laura Wright (eds.) Multilingual Practices in Language History: New Perspectives. De Gruyter Mouton.

Honkapohja, Alpo. 2013. "The Trinity Seven Planets." Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing 34. <http://www.scholarlyediting.org/se.index.issues.html>

Honkapohja, Alpo. 2013. "Manuscript abbreviations in Latin and English: History, typologies and how to tackle them in encoding." Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English Volume 14: Principles and Practices for the Digital Editing and Annotation of Diachronic Data<http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/series/volumes/index.html>

Biber, Douglas, Bethany Gray, Alpo Honkapohja & Päivi Pahta. 2011. "Prepositional modifiers in early English medical prose: a study on their historical development in noun phrases." In: Päivi Pahta & Andreas H. Jucker (eds.). Communicating Early English Manuscripts. Cambridge: University Press, 197-211.

Honkapohja, Alpo, Samuli Kaislaniemi & Ville Marttila. 2009. "Digital Editions for Corpus Linguistics: Representing manuscript reality in electronic corpora." In: Andreas H. Jucker, Daniel Schreier & Marianne Hundt (eds.). Corpora: Pragmatics and Discourse. Papers from the 29th International Conference on English Language Research on Computerized Corpora (ICAME 29). Ascona, Switzerland, 14-18 May 2008. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 451-74.

Non-peer-reviewed book chapters:

Chevalier, Sarah, Anne Gardner, Alpo Honkapohja, Marianne Hundt, Gerold Schneider and Olga Timofeeva. 2016. "Introduction". In Chevalier, Sarah, Anne Gardner, Alpo Honkapohja and Olga Timofeeva (eds.). New approaches to English Linguistics: Building Bridges (Studies in Language Companion Series). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Pfenninger, Simone E., Olga Timofeeva, Anne-Christine Gardner, Alpo Honkapohja, Marianne Hundt & Daniel Schreier. 2014. "At the crossroads of language change, variation, and contact." [introduction to the volume] In Pfenninger, Simone, E, Olga Timofeeva, Anne Gardner, Alpo Honkapohja, Marianne Hundt & Daniel Schreier (eds.) Contact, Variation and Change in the History of English (Studies in Language Companion Series). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1-7.

Honkapohja, Alpo. 2011. "Multilingualism in Trinity College Cambridge Manuscript O.1.77." In: Jacek Fisiak & Magdalena Bator (eds.). Foreign Influences on Medieval English. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 25-45.

Co-edited volumes:

Chevalier, Sarah, Anne Gardner, Alpo Honkapohja and Olga Timofeeva (eds.). 2016. New approaches to English Linguistics: Building Bridges (Studies in Language Companion Series). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Pfenninger, Simone, E, Olga Timofeeva, Anne Gardner, Alpo Honkapohja, Marianne Hundt & Daniel Schreier (eds.). 2014. Contact, Variation and Change in the History of English (Studies in Language Companion Series). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

McConchie, RW, Alpo Honkapohja & Jukka Tyrkkö (eds.). 2009. Selected Proceedings of the 2008 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX 2). Somerville: Cascadilla Press.

Book reviews:

Honkapohja, Alpo. (forthcoming, summer 2017). A review of Teaching Beowulf in the Twenty-First Century (2014) by Howell Chickering and Allen J. Frantzen. In Mirator, a multilingual peer-reviewed electronic journal devoted to medieval studies. <http://www.glossa.fi/mirator/>

Honkapohja, Alpo. 2015. A review of The Transmission of Anglo-Norman: Language history and language acquisition by Richard Ingham. In Neuphilologische Mitteilungen.

Honkapohja, Alpo. 2014. A review of Textual Cultures: Cultural Texts. Essays and Studies Collected on Behalf of the English Association by Orietta Da Rold and Elaine Treharne (eds.). In Neuphilologische Mitteilungen.

Honkapohja, Alpo. 2013. A review of Code-switching in Early English (2011) by Herbert Schendl & Laura Wright (eds.). In: Journal of Historical Pragmatics. Volume 14, Number 2, 2013, 321-327.

Honkapohja, Alpo. 2009. A review of Sex, Aging, & Death in a Medieval Medical Compendium: Trinity College Cambridge MS R.14.52, Its Texts, Language, and Scribe. (2006) by M. Teresa Tavormina (ed.). In: Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 3, CX.

Popular publications and translations:

Honkapohja, Alpo. 2015. "I hear a tone, I gotta go: Suomlaista rock-musiikkia" [I hear a tone, I gotta go: Finnish rock-music]. In Nevalainen, Terttu, Matti Rissanen & Irma Taavitsainen (eds.) Englannin aika: elävän kielen kartoitusta. University of Helsinki: teaching materials. <http://hdl.handle.net/10138/153953>

Honkapohja, Alpo. 2013. "Grímmr karvaposken saaga" [The Saga of Grímmr the Hairycheek]. In: Helga Hilmisdóttir, Kirsi Kanerva & Sari Päivärinne (eds.) Egill Yksikätinen: Muinaissaagoja Pohjolasta [Egill the One-handed: Ancient Sagas from the North]. Helsinki: Finn Lectura, 87–97. [a translation from Old Norse to Finnish]

Aalto, Sirpa, Alpo Honkapohja, Kirsi Kanerva, Eevastiina Korri, Karoliina Kouvola, Ilkka Leskelä & Philip Line. 2013. "Sörlin tarina tai Hedinnin ja Högnin Saaga" [The Story of Sörl, or the Saga of Hedinn and Högn]. In: Helga Hilmisdóttir, Kirsi Kanerva & Sari Päivärinne (eds.) Egill Yksikätinen: Muinaissaagoja Pohjolasta [Egill the One-handed: Ancient Sagas from the North]. Helsinki: Finn Lectura, 125–136. [a translation from Old Norse to Finnish]

Honkapohja, Alpo. 2004. "I hear a tone, I gotta go: Suomalaista rock-musiikkia" [I hear a tone, I gotta go: Finnish rock-music]. In: Terttu Nevalainen, Matti Rissanen & Irma Taavitsainen (eds.), Englannin aika: elävän kielen kartoitusta. Helsinki: WSOY, 149-160.

Talks

Keynotes and invited talks:

2017: (expected): keynote speaker at The Emergence of Standard English in Multilingual Britain, University of Cambridge, 20 to 21 April.

Title: ‘Manuscript abbreviations from Latin to English, and manuscript to print’.

2015: invited participant at the panel The pragmatics of punctuation: Past and present at the 14th Conference of International Pragmatics Association (IPrA), University of Antwerp, 25 to 31 July.

2015: invited participant at the round table discussion Future Directions for Research in Medieval Medicine (A Roundtable), at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 14–17 May.

2015: Invited participant at the session In Honor of Linda Ehrsam Voigts I and II: Theory and Practice in Latin and Vernacular Medieval Medical Texts, at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 14–17 May.

Title: 'New light on the Voigts-Sloane Group of medical and alchemical manuscripts.’

2014: invited participant at the round table discussion: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing and the publication of Handcrafted Editions in the Age of Mass Digitization at Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Conference. Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, 22-24 October.  

2011: Invited presentation at the XVI Seminar organised by the Book historical society of Finland, Helsinki, 19. March.

Title: Elektroniset editiot: miksi, mitä ja missä olemme nyt? [‘Electronic editions: why, what and where are we now?’]

Peer-reviewed conference presentations and posters:

2017: (expected) Paper presentation at the 10th International Conference on Middle English (ICOME10), University of Stavanger, Norway, 31 May-2 June.

Title: ‘Abbreviations after the Conquest: a corpus investigation of manuscript abbreviations in the Linguistic Atlas of Early Mediaeval English.’

2016: Paper presentation at the First AMC Symposium, Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics, University of Edinburgh, 9-10 June.

Title: ‘Rutland and Northamptonshire forms in alchemical and medical manuscripts from London, how and why?’

2015:  Paper presentation at the d2e from data to evidence: Big Data, Rich Data, Uncharted Data, University of Helsinki, 19 to 22 October.

Title: Manuscript abbreviations in Latin and Middle English plague treatises: a corpus-linguistic approach.

2015:  Paper presentation [with Olga Timofeeva] at International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, Biennial Conference (ISAS), University of Glasgow, 3 to 7 August.

Title: ‘Medieval Latin from Anglo-Saxon Sources.’

2014: Paper presentation at the International Conference of English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL) 18 conference, KU Leuven, 14 to 18 July.

Title: "Where did these Midland forms come from?" A dialectological study of the Voigts-Sloane Group of Middle English medical and alchemical manuscripts.

2014: Paper presentation at the Historical Code-Switching: the next step (HiCS) symposium, University of Tampere, Finland, 11-13 June.

Title: “Latin for Apothecaries”? Code-switching in the Text Type of Recipes in the Voigts-Sloane Group of Middle English Manuscripts.

2012: Paper presentation at the International Medieval Congress (IMC), University of Leeds, 9-12 July.

Title: The Sloane Group of Middle English Manuscripts: Signs of use and booklet composition.

2012: Paper presentation at the New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (Hel-Lex 3) conference, University of Helsinki, Finland, 7-10 March.

Title: Iiij Cocliaria plene de saudres, spoonful at once: Code switching in the Sloane Group Sibling Middle English Manuscripts.

2010: Poster presentation at the Digital Humanities 2010 conference, King's College, London, 7-10 July.

Title: 'A Bilingual Digital Edition of Trinity College Cambridge MS O.1.77.

2009: Paper presentation at the Foreign Influences on Medieval English conference, Warsaw, Poland, 12-13 December.

Title: 'Multilingualism in Trinity College Cambridge, O.1.77.

2009: Paper presentation [with Ville Marttila] at the International Medieval Congress (IMC), University of Leeds, 13-16 July. Title: 'Digital Editions for Corpus Linguistics: Encoding Abbreviations in TEI XML Markup.

2009: Poster presentation at the Digital Humanities 2009 conference, University of Maryland, USA, 22-25 June.

Title: Digital Editions for Corpus Linguistics: Encoding Abbreviations in TEI XML Markup.

2008: Paper presentation at the Sixth International Conference of Middle English (ICOME6), University of Cambridge, England, 24-26 July.

Title: A Digital Edition of MS O.1.77. Trinity College Cambridge.

2008: Poster presentation [with Samuli Kaislaniemi and Ville Marttila] at the ICAME29 conference, Ascona, Switzerland, 14-18 May. Title: Digital Editions for Corpus Linguistics: representing manuscript reality in electronic corpora.

Non-peer-reviewed conference papers and other presentations:

2017: Talk given at the Research seminar, University of Turku, 1 February.

Title: ‘Manuscript abbreviations and quantitative approaches’

2014: Poster presentation at the 14. Tagung der "Zürcher Mediävistik" [14th meeting of Zurich medievalists] University of Zurich, 11 Oktober.

Title: Alchemy and Medicine; Commercial Book Market and Standardisation. The Sloane Group of Middle English Manuscripts.

2014: Paper presentation at the Swiss Works in English Language and Linguistics (SWELL) 2014 Conference, University of Basel, 21 March.

Title: "Where did these Midland forms come from?" A dialectological study of the Voigts-Sloane Group of Middle English medical and alchemical manuscripts.

2013: Presentation at the Mediävistisches Mittelbaukolloquium [Medievalistic Mid-level staff Colloquium], Zurich, Switzerland, 9 October.

Title: Mixing languages and mixing chemicals: Multilingualism in the 15th-century Sloane Group of medical and alchemical manuscripts.

2013: Paper presentation at the Indigenous Ideas and Foreign Influences Conference, Glossa Society for Medieval Studies in Finland, 26-27 September.

Title: Multilingualism in the Sloane Group of 15th-Century Medical and Alchemical Manuscripts.

2011: Paper presentation at the Manuscript Studies and Codicology: Theory and Practice symposium, University of Uppsala, Sweden, 27-28 October.

Title: Sloane Group of Middle English Manuscripts: the relationship between the core and sibling manuscripts.

2011: An introduction to the film Braveheart (1996) in the Film Night organised by Glossa, Society for Medieval Studies in Finland, 1 April.

Title: William Wallace & Robert the Bruce: Braveheartin taustaa ja lähteitä [‘William Wallace & Robert the Bruce: the background and sources of Braveheart’]

2010: Paper presentation at the Dies Medievales 2010 conference, University of Eastern Finland, Mikkeli, 10-11 September.

Title: Latina ja englanti kohtaavat tieteellisen kirjoittamisen kielenä: digitaalinen verkkoeditio käsikirjoituksesta Trinity College Cambridge O.1.77. [‘Latin and English meet as the language of scientific writing: a digital online edition of the Manuscript, Trinity College Cambridge O.1.77.’]

Teaching experience

Lectures

2 Feb 2017, Englisc, a 90-minute lecture as a part of ‘The Story of English’ lecture series, University of Turku

Autumn 2016, History of the English Language, lecture series, University of Zurich

Mar 2014; Mar 2017, The Emergence of Standard English, a 45-minute lecture as a part of the BA module ‘History of the English Language’, University of Zurich

Oct 2011, The Manuscript Context of Old English Poetry, a 90-minute lecture as a part of Prof. Dr. Olga Timofeeva’s lecture series ‘Old English poetry’, University of Zurich

Optional MA and BA Seminars

2 Feb 2017, Editions and editing as a part of ‘Philological and Linguistic Research’, MA seminar, University of Turku

27 Jan 2017, Primary sources: manuscripts as a part of ‘Philological and Linguistic Research’, MA seminar, University of Turku

Feb 2016 – Jun 2016 Dialects and Standards: Dialectology and Society, 1350-1700, BA seminar, University of Zurich

Sep 2015 – Jan 2015 Medicine and health in Medieval literature and society, 3rd-year BA Seminar, University of Lausanne

Sep 2015 – Jan 2015 Poets and their audience in Anglo-Saxon England, 2nd-year BA Seminar, University of Lausanne

Feb 2015 – Jun 2016 Introduction to Manuscript Studies, BA seminar, University of Zurich

Sep 2009 – Dec 2009 Introduction to Manuscript Studies, BA option, [with Samuli Kaislaniemi and Ville Marttila], University of Helsinki

Obligatory BA Seminars (2012-2017)

Five times: History of the English Language, part I (Old English), BA Seminar, University of Zurich

Five times: History of the English Language, part II (Middle English), BA Seminar, University of Zurich

Digital humanities courses taught

7 Aug 2014 A whole-day introductory course into XML for book historians at Books in Bits: Using Digital Tools in Book History workshop organised by HIBOLIRE, The Nordic-Baltic-Russian Network on the History of Books, Libraries and Reading, University of Tallinn, Estonia

Post-secondary teaching experience

2008-2009: Laurea, University of Applied Sciences, Finland. Taught English as a second language to students of Bachelor in Business and Administration (BBA) and Bachelor in Health Care (Registered Nurse, RN) students, 8 hours per week. The job description also included supervising and correcting abstracts written by BBA and RN students.

2004-2006: Omnia, Vocational College, Finland. Taught English as a second language to students of Vocational Qualification in Business and Adminstration and Vocational Qualification in Social and Health Care. The teaching load varied from 4 to 30 hours per week.

Additional teaching experience

2006-2010: Eximia, inc. Finland. Worked as a English as a second language instructor for a company, organising courses for corporate clients and educational institutions.

2004-2006: Vanhankylän koulu, Tuusula, Finland. Taught English as a second language in a primary school to children aged 9 to 12.

Administrative and other academic work experience

2012-2017: Module representative for History of the English Language, University of Zurich.

November-December 2008, Editorial Secretary, Hel-Lex 2: New Approaches in English Historical Lexis.

2007-2011, Research Unit for Variation Contacts and Change in English (Varieng), a centre of excellence of the Academy of Finland, a postgraduate member.

March-April 2008, Conference Secretary, Hel-Lex 2: New Approaches in English Historical Lexis.

2000-2004, Research Assistant, Middle English Medical Texts corpus.

Conference organising:

5th International Symposium on History of English Lexicography and Lexicology (HEL-LEX5), 16 to 18 February, Zurich. A member of the organising committee.

5th Biennial Conference of the Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies (SAMEMES 5), 9-11 September 2016, Zurich. Webmaster.

The 3rd Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE 3), 24-27 August 2014, Zurich. A member of the organising committee.

The 17th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL-17), 20-25 August 2012, Zurich. A member of the organising committee.

New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (Hel-Lex 3), 7-10 March 2012, Helsinki. A member of the organising committee.

New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (Hel-Lex 2), 25-27 April 2008, Helsinki. Conference Secretary.

Memberships:

IPrA: The International Pragmatics Association.

SAUTE: Swiss Association for the University Teachers of English.

ISLE The International Society for the Linguistics of English.

SWELL: Swiss Works in English Language and Linguistics

Digital Editions for Corpus Linguistics (DECL), member 2007-2011

Glossa, the Society for Medieval Studies in Finland, secretary 2009-2010, vice-board member 2010-2011.

Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (ABES), contributor (field: medieval literature), 2007-2011

Suomen kirjahistoriallinen seura ry [“Book Historical Society of Finland”], member 2011-

Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (TUCEMEMS), member 2011-

Grants

2016: Received a teacher mobility grant in the Swiss European Teacher Mobility Programme

2011: Received a grant fom the Finnish Cultural Foundation for writing the PhD dissertation, 12 months, 21000 EUR.

2010: Received a grant fom the Finnish Cultural Foundation for writing the PhD dissertation, 12 months, 21000 EUR.

2010: Received a personal research grant from The University of Helsinki for purchasing digital manuscript images and microfilms, 2500 EUR.

2009: Received a personal research grant from the Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG) for writing the PhD dissertation, 12 months, 18000 EUR.

IT skills

13 to 17 April 2015. Spring schoool: Advanced XML/TEI technologies for Digital Scholarly Editions, University of Graz.

24 October 2014. Workshop: Machine Learning for the Computational Humanities, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

28 June-2 July 2010. Digital Humanities Observatory: XML Summer School, Dublin, Ireland

12-14 July 2010. TEI Summer School, Oxford, England

Spring 2009, HTML & web publishing, language technology, University of Helsinki

Autumn 2008, XML metalanguage, language technology, University of Helsinki

2003-2004, courses in Excel, MS Word, Powerpoint & Photoshop.

Language skills:

Finnish (native language), English (professional working proficiency), German (Goethe Certificate, C1), Swedish (limited working proficiency), French (basic), Spanish (basic).

Dead languages:

Latin, Old English, Middle English, Old Norse (limited proficiency).