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Lian Malai Madsen

Lian Malai Madsen

Associate Professor

  • Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics

    Emil Holms Kanal 2, 2300 København S, Building: 22.4.43 i forbindelse med vejledning ellers i 27.5.43

I am interested in how meaning and interpersonal understanding in situated communication are related to more widespread socio-cultural and linguistic processes. In particular my research focuses on language use and communication in contemporary diverse urban contexts.

Current research

I am affiliated with the research group Copenhagen Studies in Everyday Languaging. Currently, I am researching the significance of gender, ethnicity and social status relations for social and linguistic differences in contemporary urban contexts.

New book: Fighters. Girls and Other Identities: Sociolinguistics in a martial arts club

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I teach in the psychology of language e.g. the introductory courses "The crossdisciplinary foundation" and "Analysis". I also teach course in Danish language about socialisation, language and society, multilingualism, identity and power.

During the autumn 2015 I am teaching the course The power of language and the language of power...

I supervise all kinds of interaction analytical, discourse analytical and sociolinguistic BA- and MA dissertations, but I do have a particular interest in the language use of children and youth, popular culture, leisure communities, identity practices, cultural diversity and educational institutions.

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