DASVA 2 – University of Copenhagen

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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.

DASVA 1 in 2000–2001 investigated both mutual understanding and language attitudes. DASVA 2 reiterates the language attitudes studies with a particular interest in three comparisons: 

  • Firstly, the present language attitudes among Danes and Swedes in the region will be compared.
  • Secondly, comparing the new results with the old ones will allow us to picture how the language attitudes have developed since the bridge was built and radically changed the opportunities for communication and integration in the region.
  • Thirdly, we will focus on the importance of a series of background variables, not least the importance of education for the attitudes among Danes towards their own Danish language in comparison with the neighbouring Swedish language – because DASVA 1found that higher educated Danes are the more likely to join the Swedes in assessing Swedish to be a more beautiful  language than Danish.

Read more about the project
Frans Gregersen & Jan Svensson (2002): Bron och språket. En projektredogörelse. Harald Gustafsson (red.) Tankar och slutsatser från ett mångvetenskapligt forskningsprogram. Øresundsuniversitetet, 124-141.

Frans Gregersen (2003): Factors influencing the linguistic development in the Øresund region. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 159. 139-152.

Tore Kristiansen (2004): Sprogholdninger over Øresund. Danske Talesprog 5, 161–185.

Tore Kristiansen (2005): Holdninger til sproglig konvergens over Øresund. I: Petter Dyndahl og Lars Anders Kulbrandstad (red.): High fidelity eller rein jalla? Purisme som problem i kultur, språk og estetikk.. Vallset: Oplandske Bokforlag, 53–65.

Tore Kristiansen (2005): Nabosprog i Øresundsregionen. Et studie af reaktioner på sproglig tilpasning. I: Jens Kramer, Mette Kunøe og Ole Togeby (red.): Teorien om alt – og andre artikler om sprog og filosofi. Århus: Wessel og Huitfeldt, 173–185.

 A comprehensive report of the DASVA investigations is underway and will be finished towards the end of 2014.