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Pragmatic borrowing in the Nordic Languages: A Cross-Linguistic Study of Interaction

Workshop 10-11/3 2022 in Gothenburg

During the last two decades, the Nordic languages have seen a large increase of pragmatic borrowing from English in everyday conversation, in particular among the younger generation. The borrowed items include both single words such as what and sorry, and phrases such as Oh my god. Recent studies have shown that pragmatic items borrowed from English often adapt to the new language with respect to form and function, and they can be used to index social and cultural values. The aim of this workshop series is to conduct a cross-linguistic study on the Nordic languages and Finnish. The project will contribute to our knowledge about the influence of the world language English on smaller languages.

The workshop series consists of three events: 1) a workshop on English discourse particles in the Nordic Languages and Finnish, 2) a workshop on routinized sequences (e.g. apologies, greetings, assessments) and 3) a summarizing workshop.

We now welcome submissions on the topic of the second workshop to be held in Gothenburg on the 10th and 11th of March 2023. A 200-300 words abstract written in one of the Nordic languages or English should be submitted to Susanna Karlsson, Department for Swedish, Multilingualism and Language Technology, University of Gothenburg (  Funding will be available for a limited number of participants, and we especially encourage students and early-career researchers to apply. The deadline for abstracts is 1/2 2023. For further information, please contact Susanna Karlsson or visit our website:

Susanna Karlsson

Department of Swedish, Multilingualism and Language Technology

University of Gothenburg


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