Research at The Department of Language and Literature
The department has a vibrant research culture, and research activities span a wide range of disciplines. The staff participate in many different projects, both in Norway and abroad, and are responsible for the interdisciplinary profile of the university. The research activities are divided into two major research groups: Division of Language and Communication and Division of Literature and Cultural History:
The linguistic research comprises a range of different topics, including language systems, language usage, language development in society and language development in individuals. Communication research has a cross-disciplinary, problem-based approach to the study of oral and written communicative practices.
Research within the Division of Literature explores a wide variety of topics from many different cultures and eras. The Division includes specialists working on Nordic, German, French, English (British and American), and Spanish literature, as well as literary theory. Research within cultural history emphasises European political history – particularly British – as well as the history of the European Union. There is a focus on economic, social, and cultural themes, as well as the history of ideas and politics.