Language and Society
The research group Language and Society works with the role of language in social group formation and how social categories and processes affect language. In particular, we examine language and language users in Danish society.
The methods are quantitative, qualitative, experimental and ethnographic, often in combination with each other. The researchers draw on different theoretical perspectives, both in terms of understandings of what 'language' is and understandings of what 'society' is but share a view that society is created not least through language.
In Denmark, Danish, English, and a host of other languages are used. Furthermore, the variation within these languages is characterized by great variety. The research group looks at different forms of diversity – within and across language users and languages. The research group thus examines language as both an ideological phenomenon, an interactional phenomenon and in the form of variable linguistic features. All three of these dimensions are relevant to the formation of social groups and to the construction of social meaning.
The group brings together researchers with a background in dialectology, multilingualism research, gender research, functional linguistics, language psychology.
Linguistic structure, variation and change
Under the heading Linguistic structure, variation and change we examine pronunciation and grammar, primarily in Danish, for instance how phonological and grammatical structures vary with social, demographic and geographic factors, and how grammar and pronunciation changes over time. We study both new and old ’dialects’, and we examine how language is used in urban and peripheral areas.
Language, languaging and socialisation
Language, languaging and socialisation focuses on what happens when individuals experience and internalise evaluations and behavior through interaction with the surrounding world, e.g. with regard to what counts as ’correct’ and ’incorrect’ language. Language socialisation are processes whereby individuals come to learn about expectations, repertoires, and requirements through language. The concept of languaging points to the creative use of language resources commonly thought to belong to different languages.
Language and media
When we examine Language and media, we carry out linguistic/semiotic analyses of how people use and understand media. This concerns traditional printed or broadcast media as well as modern digital social media. We also look at the role of the media in language socialisation and in language use, language change and the creation of different communication cultures.
Linguistic ideology, stereotypes and norms
Within the area Linguistic ideology, stereotypes and norms, we look at how linguistic ideologies and norms emerge, and how they affect individuals, groups and society. People regulate their own and others' language use, and stereotypical perceptions are created and maintained in social groups and through linguistic interaction. This has consequences for linguistic norms and for perceptions of people based on linguistic differences.
Language, nation and globalization
The connection between language and nation is a strong ideological construct. Within the area Language, nation and globalization we focus on how this ideology is on the one hand destabilized by globalization processes and on the other hand strengthened through national ideologies. We also look at the significance of nation-building and globalization for language use, linguistic ideologies and language policy in both Danish and post-colonial contexts.
Language, place and mobility
The research area Language, place and mobility has gained new relevance as a result of globalization. We explore, for example, how new understandings of dialect and linguistic variation can be described and understood in globalized contexts, where individuals' historical and contemporary attachment to places exists in parallel with migration and geographical and social mobility.
Linguistic diversity in Denmark
The ideology of one-people/one-language-/one-nation is strong in Denmark. At the same time, most Danes are multilingual to some extent, and hundreds of languages are spoken in addition to Danish. We study, for example, the role of other languages than Danish, how these languages are handled institutionally, and how multilingual Danes use their languages.
- English and Globalisation in Denmark: A Changing Sociolinguistic Landscape
- Foreign doctors in Denmark: Language, expectations and highly trained international workforce (in Danish)
- INTERPRETING: Sociolinguistic perspectives on challenges in interpreting encounters in the Danish public sector
- Language and Social Media in the Family
- Last call - dialect as linguistic cultural heritage in Greenland, PI: Marie Maegaard
- The sound of the capital: The surrounding dialects in the Copenhagen sound universes 1600-1950 (in Danish)
- SoMeFamily - Language and Social Media in the Family
- Speaking Up – Language as a Factor for Social Mobility in Denmark
|Ag, Astrid||Associate Professor||+4535328486|
|Diderichsen, Philip||Special Consultant||+4535324189|
|Jensen, Torben Juel||Associate Professor||+4535328495|
|Jørgensen, Anna Kai||PhD Fellow||+4535326242|
|Karrebæk, Martha Sif||Professor||+4535329400|
|Kirilova, Marta||Associate Professor||+4535330329|
|Larsen, Anne||PhD Fellow||+4535324837|
|Madsen, Lian Malai||Professor||+4535328319|
|Maegaard, Marie||Associate Professor - Promotion Programme||+4535328496|
|Monka, Malene||Associate Professor||+4535323254|
|Mortensen, Kristine Køhler||Associate professor, Head of Studies||+4535328270|
|Møller, Janus Spindler||Associate Professor||+4535335742|
|Nilsson, Hanna Birkelund||PhD Fellow||+4535326229|
|Pharao, Nicolai||Associate Professor||+4535328647|
|Scheuer, Jann||Associate Professor||+4535328502|
|Stæhr, Andreas Candefors||Associate Professor||+4535335747|
|Thøgersen, Jacob||Associate Professor||+4535335749|
- Lillelund-Holst, Aleksandra Culap