Member of the Scientific council of Social Sciences
Associate Professor Mirjam Fried examines the connection between language and human cognition, ie the arrangement of a language system whose characteristics and changes over time are seen in the normal communication behavior of people, and the general mental processes that are based on our generally-cognitive equipment. It is a pioneer in research that combines the themes of grammaticalization theory with the possibilities of a constructive-grammatical approach for diachronic analysis, and most recently in developing this model in spoken communication analysis.
She works as a director of the Institute of General Linguistics at the Faculty of Arts, where she also leads the research team Empirical Perspectives on Communication and Cognition; her research goal is to create a general model of integrated linguistic analysis that can capture the conventionalized relationships between the grammatical, acoustic and gestural structure of a spontaneously produced language. She is also the principal investigator of the OP RDE-Excellent research project Creativity and Adaptability as a prerequisite for Europe's success in an interconnected world (2018-2022).
She studied Czech studies and classical philology at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University and studied general linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her doctorate in 1995. She worked there as an assistant professor in 1998-2001, after a one-year guest at Oregon University. In 2001-2008 she lectured at the University of Princeton and in 2008 she received the title of associate professor at the University of Helsinki. , in 2014-2017 also as her dean. Since 2013 she has been a member of the Scientific Council of the ASCR.
Her editorial work includes the editor-in-chief of the Constructions and Frames magazine (John Benjamins), which she co-founded in 2008, the long-time editor of the Constructional Approaches to Language series (John Benjamins), co-founded in 2002, deputy editor-in-chief. Gruyter) in 2012-2017 and membership in a number of editorial boards of foreign and domestic magazines. She is also a sought-after expert in grant project evaluation, including ERC panel membership and chair of the Finnish Academy of Sciences panels.
She says about her work in the Neuron Scientific Council:
"I take the opportunity to participate in the work of Neuron as a great personal honor, but above all as an opportunity to participate in meaningful support for Czech science, including the humanities. it is not to be a kind of an exclusive hobby of the elect, but to be a visible part of public life and to contribute to its cultivation. to a not very predictable world of which we know not much more than to be complex and permanently changeable, and therefore appeals to me for giving this voice - not only through the recognition of high-quality scientific results, including the support of young professionals , but also in dialogue with experience from other areas of science and the business and business world. "