Research group Romance Linguistics - RomLing
More than one billion people around the world speak a Romance language as their first or shared first language. The most wide-spread Romance languages are Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian – i.e. the same four languages that can be studied at Stockholm University.
Spanish, French or Portuguese is the official language of more than thirty countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Oceania. In addition, many so-called creole languages have developed from French, Portuguese and Spanish in Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
Romance Linguistics – history
Romance Linguistics has a long history in Europe and America, as well as in the Nordic countries. In the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, the main focus was on philology and historical-comparative studies on the Romance language area in Europe (Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Romania). Over the course of the 20th century, Romance Linguistics came to include more and more areas – the syntax and semantics of contemporary Romance languages, to begin with, and eventually other fields of linguistic research, such as the connection between language, culture and society, language use in different genres and types of activities, language contact between Romance and other languages and – last but not least – language acquisition.
Romance Linguistics at Stockholm University
In Stockholm, the first professorship in Romance Languages was established in 1937. There are currently linguistic professorships in all four of the languages French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Between 2001 and 2012, the two departments for Romance studies at the time – the Department of French, Italian and Classical Languages and the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies – had close collaborations within the framework of the National Doctoral Programme in Romance Languages (FoRom), which today has produced 28 doctorates in the subjects of French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. The doctoral students in FoRom have, through courses and joint seminars, been able to achieve receptive proficiency in Romance languages other than “their own”.
RomLing is the name of the network of researchers in Romance Languages who either have employment at the Stockholm University or who are indirectly linked to the University through project participation. The network also includes all doctoral students in Romance languages with language or discourse dissertation projects (at the Department of Romance Studies and Classics).
• Discourse and interaction linguistics
• Historisk lingvistik och utgivning av äldre texter
• Sociolingvistik med inriktning på variation och språkkontakt
• Språkinlärning och språkdidaktik
• Syntax och semantik
• Översättningsvetenskap och kontrastiv lingvistik
The research on Romance languages that is actively conducted at Stockholm University today is very broad-ranging and can be grouped into the following areas:
In March 2011, the Vice-Chancellor determined Stockholm University’s new leading research areas. Romance Linguistics is one of these areas. The research network RomLing was founded in light of this decision and the good experiences of the collaboration in FoRom.
Maria Bernal Linnersand
Professor i italienska
Laura Alvarez Lopez
Diana Virginia Bravo
Docent, Coordinating Director of Studies
Fanny Forsberg Lundell
Anna Ingeborg Gudmundson
Universitetslektor, ämnesstudierektor i italienska
Researcher, Associate Professor of French
Matti Marttinen Larsson
Jenny Katerina Morales Ruiz
Alice Pick Duhan
Aymé Pino Rodriguez
Francoise Sullet Nylander
Maria Tullgren Pearman
Sophie Yvert Hamon