Open landscapes

Open landscapes

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Open landscapes is a forum for applied linguists and sociolinguists across all sections at the Department of Language and Literature. As the name suggests, some of our members do work on linguistic landscapes but key interests also include multimodality, language contact, language ecologies, indexicalities, translation and prosody. We meet once a month to exchange ideas on ongoing research, all interested are welcome!

Our main working languages are English, Norwegian and Norwegian Sign Language and we make an active attempt at practicing translanguaging during our meetings. 



Joint meeting of Open landscapes and the research group Navigating Languages in Professional Practices: Presentation by Susanne Mohr (NTNU) and Katrin Renkwitz (University of Bonn): A multimodal analysis of politeness in Irish Sign Language and Irish English: Focus on interpreters.


Workshop on New Methods for Pragmatics of New Englishes, organized by Susanne Mohr (Trondheim) & Sandra Jansen (Paderborn). 

Guest speaker from the University of Seychelles, Dr. Olga Klymenko. Verbs Descriptivity and Gender in Seychellois Creole. 

Presentation by Lindsay Ferrara, Anna-Lena Nilsson & Benjamin Anible on A cross-linguistic comparison of reference across different signed languages. 

Book presentation by Brit Mæhlum & Stian Hårstad: Blikk for språk. Studiet av språk som sosialt signalsystem. 

Guest lecture by Cassandra Gerber (Cologne) on “The souvenir T-shirt in/as semiotic landscape: when material objects speak”. 

Guest speaker from the University of Bonn, Dr. Stefanie Rottschäfer. The status of English as a lingua franca vs. Scandinavian languages in multilingual families in Scandinavia and beyond

Rein Ove Sikveland: Ta tempen på samtalen med prosodiske målinger. 

Brittany Arnold: Turn-taking in Norwegian Sign Language: A Corpus Study / Tatjana Schnellinger: Kiss-Teeth and Cut-Eye in impolite discourse contexts: A comparison of Ghanaian and Afro-Surinamese co-speech gestures and pragmatic markers in multilingual interactions.

Guest lecture on signage in Trondheim by Berit Sandnes, Kartverket Trøndelag

17 2023 09.00-11.00. Room 4402D & on Zoom: Workshop on sustainability discourses in Norwegian cruise tourism as part of the SCRUTINY projectUnder SCRUTINY: Exploring sustainability and cruise tourism in Norway from a sociocultural and linguistic perspective

Talk 1: 9.00: Anne Trine Kjørholt (NTNU) Sustaining, knowing and living the Blue. Exploring coastal societies, childhoods and generations in transition.

Talk 2: 10.15: Susanne Mohr (NTNU) & Constanze Ackermann-Boström (Uppsala) Ship ahoy! Exploring the Norwegian coast through linguistic ethnography in motion.

14 December, time & place TBD, guest lecture by Cassandra Gerber (Cologne) Upcycled - Uplifted? Upcycling in global tourism discourse on Unguja, Zanzibar


31 January, 14.00-15.00, D150. Talk by Alysson Lepeut: SignBack: A research project investigating minimal responses in Norwegian Sign Language and French Belgian Sign Language

15 February, 14.00-15.00, møterom 5557. Guest lecture by Giuanna Caviezel: The visibility of Romansh in public spaces. Between minority language promotion and the commodification of ethnolinguistic authenticity

26 February, 14.30-16.00, møterom 5557. Workshop on prosody, led by Rein Ove Sikveland

At NRK P2s Språksnakk (and Podcast) you can listen to a whole hour with language teachers and language lovers every Sunday. The program features an expert panel and several researchers from our group, among them Ellen Andenæs, Brit Mæhlum, Annjo K. Greenall and Stian Hårstad. All episodes are available here.