Karoline Kühl

Karoline Kühl

Associate Professor

My research field is Danish outside Denmark. I work with different methods and approaches, but mainly within variationist sociolinguistics, historical sociolinguistics and contact linguistics. I have been the scientific coordinator of the project ‘Danish Voices in the Americas’ (2014-2018).

Primary fields of research

My general research focus lies in structural contact linguistics and bilingualism. I’m interested in Danish outside Mainland Denmark, mainly in the US, Canada and Argentina that have been the traditional emigration countries around the turn of the 20th century, and the stable bilingual situations on the Faroe Islands and in South Schleswig.

Comparing various language contact situations with Danish as one of the languages, gives me the opportunity to investigate differences and similiarities in the linguistic development of South Schleswig Danish, Faroe Danish, American Danish and Argentine Danish.

Further, I'm interested in the structural consequences of language shift as both American Danish and Argentine Danish are subject to intergenerational language loss.


As I'm employed mainly as a researcher, I do not teach much. I supervise within the topic of bilingualism, language shift and language change and contact linguistics in general (possible keywords: code-switching, code-mixing, language attrition, incomplete acquisition), any topic related to Danish outside Denmark or the Germanic immigrant contact varieties around the world (e.g., Texas German, Namibia German).

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