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About the department

Building 27The department consists of four sections: The Arnamagnæan Institute, the Name Research section, the Center for Language Technology and the Dialectology section, which also includes the LANCHART Centre, whose purpose is to monitor changes in the Danish language.

The department has three main tasks, namely research, teaching and consultancy work within the fields of interest of the four sections.  These include, first and foremost: 

  • Icelandic and Faroese as well as old Danish, Norwegian and Swedish language and literature
  • Manuscript studies
  • Runeology
  • Danish dialects, regional languages and sociolects
  • Danish and Nordic place and personal names
  • Language technology
  • Computational linguistics

There are additionally a number of lexicographical projects affiliated with the different sections, including the Dictionary of Old Norse Prose and Dictionary of Danish Insular Dialects (Ømålsordbogen), and the department is home to extensive physical and digital collections.

The Department of Nordic Research was established in 2003 as a conglomerate of the former Arnamagnaean Institute, Institute of Dialectology and Institute of Name Research. On the 1st of January 2015 Centre for Language Technology became a section under the department.