From old Norse to suburban Swedish

Researchers and research projects at the department.

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Research at the department

Breadth and diversity characterises the Scandinavian studies research in Uppsala. Professors, senior lecturers, post-docs, doctoral students and lecturers all contribute to a lively research environment. The research primarily concerns the Swedish language in all of its variation, but our neighbouring Nordic languages, including Icelandic and Faeroese, are also studied. Both older and young language phases are researched, the theoretical and methodical scope is broad, and focus in the research ranges from analyses of individual sounds, signs, words and names to studies of the language’s structure, use and application in various genres, situations and social contexts.

Within the historically focused research, studies of our oldest linguistic monuments, rune inscriptions, are an important part, as well as the philological research with a starting point in older manuscripts, diplomas and other bearers of text. Research about names also has a long tradition in Uppsala. Since names have been formed from time immemorial, and much of our surroundings are captured and pointed out through naming, the chronological and subject variation in name research is extensive. Runes, names and older texts also form the basis of language history studies regarding e.g. sound history, morphology and word formation.

The research about modern Swedish is extensive and diverse: grammar, semantics, punctuation, lexicography, literary stylistics, translation, language and name care, student language research, the language of youth and ageing, communication in healthcare, professional texts, conversation and writing in working life, institutional discourse, language and gender, language contact and intercultural communication is a part of what is studied. The broad sociolinguistic research at the department is about widely varying things, such as anti-racist discourses in mediated debate, communication in healthcare and the social significance of dialects. Here, conversationally analytic research is also conducted in relation to learning and multilingualism.

Most recent dissertations and theses

  • Ihresalen, Engelska parken, Humanistiskt centrum, Thunbergsvägen 3, Uppsala 2018-04-28 10:15

    Palumbo, Alessandro

    Skriftsystem i förändring: en grafematisk och paleografisk studie av de svenska medeltida runinskrifterna

    Open access
  • Ihresalen, Engelska parken. Humanistiskt centrum, Thunbergsvägen 3L, Uppsala 2017-04-07 10:15

    Backman, Agnieszka

    Handskriftens materialitet: Studier i den fornsvenska samlingshandskriften Fru Elins bok (Codex Holmiensis D 3)

    Open access
  • Ihresalen, Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3, Uppsala 2017-04-22 10:00

    Blomqvist, Carl Oliver

    Flerspråkighet eller språkförbistring?: Finska segment i svenska medeltidsbrev 1350–1526

    Open access
  • Ihresalen, Engelska parken, Thunbergsv. 3H, Uppsala 2017-05-20 13:15

    Pereswetoff-Morath, Sofia

    Vikingatida runbleck: Läsningar och tolkningar

    Open access
  • Ihresalen, Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3L, Uppsala 2016-11-12 10:15

    Teinler, Jannie

    Dialekt där den nästan inte finns: En folklingvistisk studie av dialektens sociala betydelse i ett standardspråksnära område

    Open access


Within the phd study subject of Scandinavian languages, the department conducts two seminar series, name research and Swedish and Scandinavian languages.

The programme for the semester’s seminars in name research.

The programme for the seminar in Swedish and Scandinavian languages is published in the calendar and in UPP-NOS.

PHD Programme

The department offers one subject in phd studies: Scandinavian languages. Language history, dialectology, name research and sociolinguistics are examples of different specialisations in the subject. The programme provides you the possibility of becoming an expert in your field, working independently and thinking critically.

You develop both practical and theoretical skills and obtain a breadth of knowledge in your subject. Phd studies prepare you for qualified duties in business, public administration and universities.

How is the application for phd studies done?