About Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Language Change In Real Time - LANCHART – University of Copenhagen

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About the LANCHART Centre

Language changes over time. More than 1000 hours of taped material from the last 40 years allows LANCHART researchers to find out how and why.

Recordings of the same person a number of years apart enable us to observe how a 16-year-old school boy from Odder is talking as a 36-year-old. This gives us a good indication of how language changes within the same generation.  

Research shows that urban language varieties (especially those spoken in Copenhagen) have had an immense influence on language changes throughout Denmark, which makes it plausible to declare the dialects dying. However, new variation has been added to the Danish language as elements from Turkish, Arabic, Somali and other varieties have been absorbed.

Through ongoing field work, the LANCHART Centre keeps its ears open for any nuances or changes in spoken Danish. 

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Read about the empirical work at LANCHART