Sune Sønderberg Mortensen
  • Universitetsvej 1, 43.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde


Personal profile


My research is concerned with the Danish language and Danish language use, from grammar and functional linguistics to interactional and discourse analysis, pragmatics and other - especially micro-analytical - approaches to texts, communications and linguistic phenomena. As a grammarian I am interested in the content, meaning and functions of linguistic options and choices, within the general framework of Danish Functional Grammar / Danish Functional Linguistics, and thus I am concerned with how the structures of language contribute to forming, serving and regulating our social interactions and cultural practices, relations, identities, discussions and conflicts.

A particular societal focus area that incorporates all these fields of interest is Forensic Linguistics, in which I cooperate with courts and other judicial branches to investigate the language use of trial hearings, including witness examinations, questioning and answering strategies, framing patterns and other aspects of the legal institutions' representations and negotiation of guilt, innocence, actions, responsibility, credibility, and victim and aggressor identities etc. Other Forensic Linguistic areas of interest include the exploration of linguistic features associated with lying and deception, abuse, plagiarism and authorship, as well as various linguistic contexts within police work and social security law.

External positions

Editor, Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, International Journal of Linguistics

2013 → …


  • Language, Language usage, Philosophy of language
  • Communication, Journalism, Media
  • Law, Ethics

Publication network

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