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.

Research Output

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

Levisen, C., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Language and Culture.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

A question of control? Forms and functions of courtroom questioning in two different adversarial trial systems

Mortensen, S. S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Scandinavian Studies in Language.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Communicative Problems in Boeing's Advertisement Campaign for the Combat Aircraft Super Hornet

Kjærbeck, S. & Nielsen, N. M., 2020, In : Pragmatics and Society. 11, 3, p. 391-413

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


Journal of Postcolonial Linguistics

Levisen, C. & Sippola, E.

01/01/2018 → …

Project: Research

SPADE: SPADE: Speech Across dialects of English

Fabricius, A.


Project: Research

Prismatic Translation

Klitgård, I.


Project: Research


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

Carsten Levisen (Speaker), & Micah Corum (Speaker)

3 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (Journal)

Anne Fabricius (Peer reviewer)

Jan 2020

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

Journal Launch - Journal of Postcolonial Linguistics

Carsten Levisen (Participant), , Eeva Sippola (Participant), & Ella Korhonen (Participant)

30 Jan 20203 Feb 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference

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