Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism

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    About us and what we do

    At the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism at Stockholm University we are approxinmately 160 staff members doing research on and teaching in the subjects Swedish, Scandinavian languages, Swedish as a second language, Swedish as a Foreign Language, Interpreting and Translation Studies, Bilingualism and second language acquisition for about 3,500 students every year. We offer Bachelor's programmes and Master's programmes, and approximately 70 courses each semester.

    Svenska flaggan som en pratbubbla. Illustration: Laurent Davoust, MostPhotos

    Do you really need to learn Swedish in Sweden?

    Swedes are good – among the best, in fact – at speaking English as a second language. So should foreigners living in Sweden make the effort to learn Swedish? Only if you want to enrich the experience in nearly every way, argue the linguistic experts at Stockholm University.

    Fyra miniatyrcyklar på rad cyklar åt vänster. Foto: Anton Nita, MostPhotos

    Autumn cycling for staff at SU on 23 October

    A warm invitation to this autumn’s cycling for staff at SU! Please note that pre-registration is required.

    HT21 hösttermin 2021 /autumn semester 2021

    Both distance and campus teaching at the Department in autumn of 2021. FAQ

    The teaching at The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism will continue to be mainly online during the first half of the autumn semester 2021. There will only be a few opportunities for teaching and examination on campus during the first half of spring. Please read our FAQ: Questions and answers.


    Information for students and staff about the coronavirus

    Information on the coronavirus in relation to Stockholm University's activities is updated continuously.

    More about the teaching at the Department

    Q&A on the coronavirus for newly admitted students (the main Uni site)

    Juristernas hus (The Lawyers' House). Photo: Agneta Hollström

    Recent Developments in Bilingualism and Multilingualism Research. A one-day symposium on 17 Dec.

    On the Occasion of 40 Years of Organized Bilingualism Research at Stockholm University (1981–2021): Recent Developments in Bilingualism and Multilingualism Research. A one-day symposium.

    Person uppifrån som skriver på laptop i knät. Foto: Niklas Björling

    The SweLL corpus with essays written by adult learners of Swedish as a second language

    In August the official release of the Swedish Learner Language infrastructure (SweLL) was held, with a series of online talks and a possibility to get access to the corpus and short tutorials on exploring the data.

    Our research

    Current research in the Swedish Language/Scandinavian Language unit largely fall under the following areas:

    Contemporary Swedish language use in society | The Swedish language system | Swedish historical linguistics and philology.

    Also see our departments: Centre for Research on Bilingualism | Institute for Interpreting and Translation Studies

    About our research in Swedish: Forskning

    En hand tecknar en runslinga med en stiliserad person som sticker ett svärd genom slingan

    Runstones from Sweden: Dating by Design

    Rak [straight] Style, Ringerike Style or Urnes Style? By looking at the ornamentation of a runestone, one can determine during what period of time the stone was carved. Watch the project Runic Stories' video, where the researcher Sofia Pereswetoff-Morath shows how you can date runestones from early to late Viking Age

    Sittande människor fotade bakifrån. En talare långt bort. Foto: kasto80, MostPhotos

    Conferences coming up