Franka Kermer

Office: 104

ORCID identifier:

Areas of expertise
Cognitive Linguistics, grammar (tense and aspect), crosslinguistic influence, learning of foreign languages


Since August 2019, I am University
Lecturer of German at the School of Humanities at the University of Turku, and
I teach grammar and German language courses. Before coming to Turku, I was a post-doctoral researcher at University of Eastern FInland (funded by Kone Foundation). I also worked as University lecturer at the English department at Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai from August-December 2016. From 2010-2015, I worked
and studied (towards my PhD) at the English and German Department at the
University of Eastern Finland. 


I was awarded a PhD diploma in English Language and Culture from the University of Eastern Finland in 2015. My thesis was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing and examined the role of Cognitive Grammar-based grammatical descriptions in learning English as a foreign language in an instructional context. I have continued this line of research in my post-doctoral research (Kone Foundation, 2017-), which examines the role of one’s mother tongue in the use of English tense and aspect. For the analysis of the data, I use explanations postulated in Cognitive Linguistics. 


I teach advanced modules on syntax and linguistics as well as
introductory modules on German language. 


Last updated on 2021-21-10 at 02:18