Elisabeth Piirainen– Biographical notes
Education: Grammar school (with bias on Latin and Greek).
University studies: 1963-
Since 1970 foreign language assistant for German at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland (lector of DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service).
Since 1975:in charge of various projects related to Low German philology:
Since 1993: independent researcher. Main research topics:phraseology, figurative language and culture, widespread idioms in Europe and beyond.
Recentprojects: “Widespread idiomatic and formulaic constructions” and “Lesser-