Empirical work

We collect the LANCHART data by carefully re-recording the original informants of a total of seven dialectological and sociolinguistic studies carried out in various parts of Denmark:

  • Vinderup, Jutland: 119 informants audiorecorded in 1973.
  • Vissenbjerg, Funen: 54 informants audiorecorded in 1982-83. 16 of them have been interviewed again in 1998-99.
  • Odder, Jutland: 70 informants audiorecorded in 1986-89.
  • Copenhagen: 83 informants audiorecorded in 1986-87.
  • Næstved 1, Zealand: a total of 130 informants.
  • Næstved 2, Zealand: a total of 84 informants.
  • Køge, Zealand: A total of 119 grade school students audiorecorded, 10 of them were recorded in 4 different situations each year in 1989-97.
  • Copenhagen: the DASVA-project on language contacts and language attitudes of Danes and Swedes. 16 Danish informants audiorecorded in 2000-01.


The replications will give us data on language change in real time as opposed to the standard model of change in apparent time.
New and supplementary data from the local speech communities, including data on language attitudes, will enable us to test the representativity of the panel of informants studied in real time.

New interviews with informants who were too young to be interviewed previously, will make it possible for the next generation of researchers to further specify the picture of Denmark as a speech community.

Denmark as laboratory

Denmark is the ideal laboratory for a study of how a minor nation state has changed from a predominantly agricultural society in 1900 to a multilingual, post-industrial speech community at the end of the 20th century. The historical processes studied will include:

  • Urbanization
  • Changes in socialization practice
  • The internationalization of the Danish society