The Department has the ambition of underpinning strong research centres and groups with a national and international outreach. The objective of establishing strong research centres and groups was formulated in 2007 and relates to the Faculty of Humanities’ vision of a strong, open and innovative research environment, and the University of Copenhagen's goal of undertaking excellent free research.

Research areas

The Department's research covers a range of fields and the research centres, groups and projects undertake research activities related to these main areas of research:

Arnamagnæan Institute

Research is primarily focused on philology, manuscript studies and language studies, specifically West Norse and East Norse in addition to modern Icelandic and Faroese. 


Audiologopedic research focuses on linguistic descriptions of communicative difficulties, i.e. reading, speech or auditory difficulties, and their reasons and potential remedies.

Danish Studies

The research in Danish covers studies of Danish and the
other Scandinavian languages, literature and media, didactics, communication, innovation, edition philology and cultural communication.


The general purpose of the Dialectology Section is the study of the spoken variants of Danish. Objects under study are traditional dialects as well as contemporary dialects and regional and social variants of spoken Danish.

Finnish Studies

The research in Finnish concentrates on the Finnish language past and present, as well as various different grammatical phenomena, for example the expression of terminativity in the
Finnish language. Additionally, the research participates in edveloping new methods to teach Finnish to foreigners more communicatively. 

Gender Studies

Gender Studies engages in analyses of gender, as well as overarching theoretical scientific and historical issues relating to gender. Further information on the research at the Centre for Gender Studies' website.

Indo-European Studies

Indo-European research examines the possible nature of the original Indo-European language and seeks to describe the development into the individual Indo-European languages that are known today.

Language Technology

The CST staff carries out research within a range of language technological fields which interact in various ways. Much of the research is carried out through external projects. 


Linguistics examines language in general, rather than individual languages. The research takes individual languages as the starting point, however, since what it seeks to uncover  is what applies to all languages and what may be specific for certain languages when the structure, use and development of languages are examined.

Onomastics and Runeology

Research is conducted within a wide field of subjects of place-names, personal names, especially Danish place names and personal names. 

Psychology of Language

Psychology of Language research examines understandings between communicating people: how is understanding established? When is it not established - and why not? How can problems of understanding be remedied? The research is interdisciplinary, integrating linguistic and psychological perspectives.

Centres and groups 

Interdisciplinary and cross-faculty research is a priority for the Department - as testified by the large number of research centres, groups and projects of which the Department is part.

Read more about the centres and groups and the projects conducted at the Department.