Organization profile

Organisation profile

The basis for the research group is that languages are embedded in cultural processes of distributed cognition and must be explained and described with reference to extra-linguistic factors, including values ​​and social norms, culture-specific habits and standards, tools and technologies, knowledge of the world and practical, non-linguistic and pre-linguistic experience and abilities.

The assumption that governs the group's work is that it is, nevertheless, possible to uncover systems and patterns that perform more or less general tasks and functions, and organize the individual, situated language use.

Studies of languages embedded in cultural processes of distributed cognition are studies of language in natural settings rather than in laboratories. To understand a culture and describe the language embedded in it, the analyst must take a perspective that is compatible with the participants' perspective. The group's studies include a variety of methods, but a combination of ethnographic methods and other methods is considered conducive to informative and accurate descriptions systems and patterns and the tasks and functions they perform.

Within this overall framework, the focuses of the group are:

Courtroom interaction

Ecological pragmatics

Forensic Linguistics


Information structure

Interaction analysis

Intercultural pragmatics

Linguistic ethnography


Postcolonial Linguistics



Translation studies

Text analysis

Text linguistics

Publication network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.


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Anne Fabricius

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Hartmut Haberland

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Research Output 2018 2019

  • 9 Journal article
  • 3 Book chapter
  • 1 Anthology

Anglocentrism, Happiness and Human Values: Cross-linguistic evidence from Danish lykke, French bonheur and Russian sčas’te

Wierzbicka, A. & Levisen, C., 2019, (In preparation) Happiness Beyond Well-being. Leontiev, D., Osin, E. & Sheldon, K. (eds.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Pæn, Flot, Dejlig, and Lækker: A Lexical Anthropology of Danish Folk Aesthetics

Levisen, C., 2019, (Submitted) In : International Journal of Language and Culture.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Royal Semantics: Linguacultural Reflections on the Danish Address Pronoun De

Levisen, C., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : ANU Press.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Projects 2014 2019

Journal of Postcolonial Linguistics

Levisen, C. & Sippola, E.


Project: ResearchIndividual grant

Ord i Paradis: Semantikken i Stillehavets Kreolsprog

Levisen, C.


Project: Research

Activities 2018 2019

An ecological approach to the analysis and classification of questions

Simon Borchmann (Speaker)
15 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

The Ethnopragmatics of Wanting to Know: On questions as condensed cultural meaning

Carsten Levisen (Speaker)
15 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Press / Media

Nye blandingssprog har en stor fremtid foran sig

Carsten Levisen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media