Scandinavian languages belong to the Germanic language family. Research in the discipline encompasses the following languages: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic and Faroese.
At the University of Helsinki, research on the Scandinavian languages has a long tradition in the study of multilingualism and variation. Minority languages, language contacts, language policy, dialects and colloquial variation are important research topics. Second language acquisition and use is also studied extensively.
Focus areas for research include
- Research in interaction
- Cognitive linguistics and construction grammar
- Language contacts, change and variation
- Language typology and historical linguistics
- Multilingualism and variation
- Evolution of written language