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Grammar

Even if all communication is situated and takes place in specific situations, where the speakers adapt to the current situation in various ways, we still use the same language system when we tell our children a bedtime story, write reports, read blog texts and talk to telemarketers. Research on grammar tries to abstract away from the situation specific aspects and instead focus on the language tools we carry with us and use in all these activities.

Grammar research at the department is conducted from several different perspectives, and it has two distinguishing features:

  • combination of theory and empirics: theoretically up-to-date analyses based on thorough corpus studies and practical field work
  • theoretical diversity and pluralism: theoretically open research environment.

Major areas of research include Construction Grammar, Information structure, and Microvariation among the Nordic (North Germanic) languages, Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish, including Finland Swedish.

Grammar is discussed at the grammar seminar. There is also an annual grammar festival, addressed to researchers and to the public.

Page Manager: Kristina Holmlid|Last update: 9/21/2016
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