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Research projects at LANCHART

The SLICE project
SLICE (Standard Language Ideology in Contemporary Europe) is a European network and research programme on ‘The nature and role of language standardisation and standard languages in late modernity’ established in 2009 at the initiative of LANCHART.

The Danish National Broadcasting Corporation (DNBC) as an actor in language policy – Language change and language policy in the DNBC
As our contribution to the national LARM project we have investigated the role of the DNBC in language change in Denmark. Other of the centre’s projects have shown that language change is closely linked to language attitudes. In this project we investigate the attitudes to language which are and were found in the DNBC, and how these are made visible in the language used in the DNBC.

(Un)certain knowledge in language
You can show how certain you are about what you say by adding words likemaybe or absolutely. Such means are often used in order to be polite towards others. When you say that something maybe is the case, you make room for the possibility that your conversational partner may mean something different. Conversely, you can support others’ viewopints by agreeing that that’s for sure. Adolescents appear to use significantly more uncertainty markers now than they did earlier.

Language attitudes in Denmark
We all have attitudes towards language. They can be related to issues like which language to speak in certain situations (e.g. local dialect or Copenhagen Standard), how we judge each other based on speaker dialect, which languages that are beautiful or ugly, or they can be attitudes towards specific linguistic features (e.g. the pronunciation of /s/ or the use of a specific word or grammatical form).

Turning the spotlight: Looking at the interviewers
Very often, the speech of the person being interviewed is taken as the outcome of an interview. In this thesis, interviews are approached dialogically with a special focus on the interviewer. I study how the interviewers act in interviews which they themselves classify as their best and worst interview and compare these with their own ideals expressed in an interview. Furthermore, I study whether a personality test may throw light on the differences between the interviewers.

Social media and everyday languaging
This study concerns the role of social media in young peoples’ everyday lives and it addresses how social media can be approached from a sociolinguistic and ethnographic perspective. My research is driven by an interest in how the complexity and mobility of linguistic and social resources across online and offline contexts make sense to the group of adolescents I study.

Danish Voices in the Americas
The 4-year research project 'Danish Voices in the Americas' aims at describing Danish as it was, and is, spoken by Danish emigrants in the USA and in Argentina. We will record descendants of the emigrants and digitalize older recordings, all of it with the aim of finding differences between Mainland Danish and Danish in North and South America. This project is made possible by generous funding by the A.P. Møller Foundation, the Carlsberg Foundation and the University of Copenhagen.

DASVA 2
DASVA stands for Danish/Swedish Accommodation, and the figure 2 means that the present project is the second stage of longitudinal investigations into the language situation around Øresund (the belt between Denmark and Sweden). The first stage was completed in 2000–2001, in connection with the establishment of the bridge across Øresund (connecting the Danish city of Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmø). These investigations are carried out in cooperation between the universities of Copenhagen and Lund.