I am a linguist focused on lexical and semantic typology, language change, and lexical semantics. I study both synchronic and diachronic processes, preferably by combining quantitative statistical methods, experiments and qualitative case studies.


At the moment I teaching at the CSI campus of CUNY, New York. In March 2017 I defended my thesis, Triangulating Perspectives on Lexical Replacement: From Predictive Statstical Models to Descriptive Color Linguistics.

In addition to working on my monograph (thesis), I have also published several papers during the last few years. I have been giving lectures and teaching in courses at the Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University. I have been heavily involved with project management for several national and international conferences.

Before my time as a PhD student, I worked at Stockholm University as a research assistant in various research projects and at the Institute for Language Information and Technology (LinguistList) in Michigan as an editor and research assistant.

I have also had side jobs at the computational linguistic company VoiceProvider, on the Quechua project at UCLA.

In the non-linguistic world, I've worked at the beautiful Stockholm Palace as a guide assistant during several summers. I've also been employed to give lectures and led workshops for museum employees who wish to augment their museum pedagogy with elements from impro theatre.

Year Position
2004-2008 Guide Assistant at the Stockholm Palace.
2004-2009 Research Assistant to Professor Östen Dahl in the project Typologisk Lingvistik.
2008 (spring) Project Coordinator for the Young Scientists high school outreach project in Stockholm.
2008 (spring) Part time work with semantic annotation of corpus at the computational linguistic company VoiceProvider.
2008-2010 Graduate Assistant and Student Editor at LinguistList I worked with journals and journal calls for papers for the linguistic community, as well as being co-team leader of the LLMAP research project.
2009-2010 Research Assistant to Dr Ed Garrett in the Quechua Digitalization project.
2009-2011 Research Assistant to Professor Masja Koptjevskaja Tamm in the project The Linguistics of Temperature. Hot or Cold - Universal of Language Specific.
2011-2017 Employed as a PhD student (which means a state employee in Sweden) at Stockholm University. Apart from my own research, I gave lectures and worked as a TA. I also organized several national and international conferences.
2017- Adjunct at CUNY (CSI and Queens College campuses), New York.

Tech skills

I have a Certificate in Language Technology from Eastern Michigan University, and am excited by the tools that lang tech provides. They can fruitfully be combined with "classic" research methods in, for instance, lexical semantics. I regularly make use of databases in my research, and have created and maintained a variety of web pages for various projects - this work often includes converting legacy data into searchable formats.

Office and OpenOffice skills I am very well versed in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access, Publisher, Powerpoint) including writing VBA, using add on tools and regular expressions. I am also used to open access variants, like OpenOffice and LibreOffice. I have designed databases and database interfaces in OpenOffice Base (though I wouldn't recomment it for a beginnner...)
Web programming I know HTML and CSS, as evidened by this site, and, for example, this site for a Quechua project, to convert legacy data.
Blog maintenance I like working with the blog software provided by Wordpress and Livejournal to create webpages for projects. I have helped create the Cambridge University Press Extra blog and am the person in charge of the Temperature Linguistics research site. I have designed several wordpress blogs for projects, both hosted at private servers and at One example of the latter is this blog where my students publish their research.
Online project tools I am well versed in how to set up and manage both dropbox, github, overleaf as well as linked Google accounts (Docs, Sheets, Forms etc.) to quickly create a good working space for a project.
Statistical testing and modelling I use R to do data cleaning, management, statistical test and modelling (primarily using multiple regression models).
Database design and implementation I use database extensively in my research, mainly MySql.
Elicitation I am used to handling recording equipment in elicitation and experiment situations. I regularly use software to change decibel levels or clean up "noisy" recordings, or to tranform data from one format to another.


My native tongue is Swedish, but I speak English fairly fluently. I've also studied Japanese and Spanish, and to a much lesser degree German, Esperanto, Chinese and Latin. I've worked some with the Ojibwe language.


During the years I've attended Stockholm University in Sweden, Nanzan University in Japan and Eastern Michigan University in the US.

Academic Year Subject and University
2001-2002 Linguistics, Stockholm University
2002-2003 Japanese, Stockholm University
2003-2004 Japanese, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan & Stockholm University
2004-2007 Bachelor and Magister of Arts (Linguistics), Stockholm University
2007-2008 Statistics and Programming, Stockholm University
2008-2010 Linguistics and Language Technology, Eastern Michigan University
2011-2017 PhD Studies in Linguistics, Stockholm University

Volunteer Work

My volunteer work means a great deal to me - I particularly like working with kids and young adults to show them how fun research or impro theatre is.

I'm a scout, and have organized any number of events, and sat on several local and regional boards within the Svenska Scoutförbundet.

I've worked with the Swedish Young Scientists' Organization to organize workshops, and outings to universities, museums and with high school kids to get them interested in research.

Together with Professor Koptjevskaja Tamm, I started the Swedish Linguistic Olympiad competition, and shepherded that organization through its first two years as national coordinator - expanding from one university to four, with over 200 kids taking part. I also went with the first Swedish team to St Petersburg for our first entry in the international competition. After I moved to the United States I worked with the North American Computational Linguistic Olympiad, and helped organize the 2011 international Linguistic Olympics in Pittsburgh. After I moved back to Sweden to start my PhD, I became national coordinator for the Swedish Olympiad once again, as part of my departmental duties.

During the years I've sat on several local, regional and national committees and boards in Sweden's largest youth organsation Sverok, which focuses on promoting and teaching democracy on a local level to kids and supporting them in their game related hobbies. I was the chair of the board for the Stockholm district of Sverok in 2004 - the district had 20.000 members at the time. I was also project leader for Sverok's quarterly organization internal conferences for several years.


is a Swede living in New York. She has PhD in linguistics, is a former editor at LinguistList, an impro theatre enthusiast, and wife of Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson


You can email me at susanne squigglysign vejdemo dot se or skype me at "susvej". I'm also on Facebook.