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 2002 2020

Sweet Mouths and Strong Heads across the Atlantic and Pacific: A semantic analysis of body image constructions in English-lexifier Creoles

Corum, M. & Levisen, C., 2020, (Submitted).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review

#aintnobodygottimeforthat: cultural appropriation, stylization and the social life of hashtag interjectionality

Fabricius, A. H., 2019, In : Scandinavian Studies in Language. 10, 1, p. 85-97 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access


Haberland, H., 1 Aug 2019, Language Contact. An International Handbook. Darquennes, J., Salmons, J. & Vandenbussche, W. (eds.). Vol. 1. p. 395-403 8 p. (Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft / Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science; No. 1, Vol. 45).

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

Projects 2001 2020

Journal of Postcolonial Linguistics

Levisen, C. & Sippola, E.


Project: Research

SPADE: SPADE: Speech Across dialects of English

Fabricius, A.


Project: Research

Prismatic Translation

Klitgård, I.


Project: Research

Activities 1977 2019

HYDRA-foredrag om Orden og Kaos

Carsten Levisen (Speaker), Dorthe Bomholdt Ravnsbæk (Speaker), Kristian Cedervall Lauta (Speaker)
6 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Koloniale Archive – Wissensordnung | Material‘ Interuniversitärer Gedankenaustausch

Carsten Levisen (Participant)
27 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

The fate of the elite sociolect: linguistic and sociolinguistic change under the microscope

Anne Fabricius (Speaker)
28 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Press / Media

Ord og Andre Undere

Carsten Levisen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Indespærret i Engelsk

Carsten Levisen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media