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Research projects

Traditional grammars are based on the structure of written language and are not very suitable for describing the use of language in spontaneous communication. Oral interaction is always firmly situated in the social context, which has direct consequences for the structure and functions of language. The CxG-Int project aims to develop a unifying theoretic framework for both written and situated oral language. Read more

The project aims to develop and empirically assess research-grounded, philosophically consistent, operationalizable pedagogical designs for CT that take the situative of the skills into account.
It is central for the project to use Computational things to support learners’ motivation for developing skills within the field of computational thinking.

The project takes 4 years and utilizes theoretical and empirical research to develop a foundation for CT-pedagogics at all educational levels: preschool, primary school, high school and tertiary education.
The project involves four senior researchers, two Post.docs and one PhD student.  

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FOKUS offers language courses in Danish, German, English and Chinese based on most recent research on language acquisition,
intercultural communication and technical terminology. Furthermore, the teaching makes use of new technologies and games.
FOKUS offers support to people working within the field of oral,written or electronic communication and facilitates the development
of multilingual terminological and knowledge databases either separately or as an integrated part of teaching and counselling.
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The aim of this study is to identify the need for language skills in relation to job functions in Danish companies and institutions.

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Achieved funding from NCFF  - The Danish National Centre for Foreign Languages.

The HRI-Lab Sonderborg addresses all kinds of interactions between humans and technologies and studies interactions with all kinds of robots (social, industrial, service robots etc.). Our specific focus is on human-robot interaction as a methodology to investigate various aspects of communication.
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This project aims to fill the gap regarding the teaching of prosody to second language (L2) learners. We analyze real conversation with conversation analytic (CA) methods in order to identify the prosodic features that are used by native speakers to fulfill certain communicative tasks and compare them to L2 learners’ prosody. Once we have identified a linguistic feature as a candidate for a trouble source, we use Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) experiments to investigate communicative functions of that feature in a controllable way.

The project is funded by DFF - The Danish Council for Independent Research

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INNOTOUR is a WEB 2.0 platform for education, research and business development in tourism. It is dedicated to innovation. INNOTOUR is an experimental meeting place for academics, students and enterprises. Launched in 2009, INNOTOUR is based on content created by the users.

In a wider perspective, the platform and associated research are considered to be of importance for the continuous amendment of innovation and competition policies for the tourism sector as well as to facilitate international interaction and knowledge dissemination. New educational and scientific collaborative practices are developed to build interdisciplinary bridges between international campuses. INNOTOUR introduces a culture of creativity that is tolerant of failure in order to encourage students and researchers to question established ideas, to go beyond conventional knowledge, and strive towards originality. INNOTOUR is an inviting structure open to students, researchers and business users from all over the world. Joins us, share your experience and learn from others!

INNOTOUR is created by the Centre for Tourism, Innovation and Culture, University of Southern Denmark.

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The project is motivated by the idea of developing bilingual teaching materials in order to support the integration of German employees in Denmark and Danish employees in Germany and at the same time support relevant agents such as job centres to manage challenges related to cross-border commuting. Read more
This project is funded by the European Fund for Regional Development

The project isfunded by the European Union's European Regional Development -  Interreg

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The group has a keen interest in how people can be involved in participatory design processes leading to social value for the individual and society at large. By social value, we refer to changes at a human scale that is felt to be beneficial for marginalized or vulnerable societal groups and communities.
The social design research group was established in 2015 at the Department of Design & Communication / SDU.
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The SMOOTH project aims at creating a support robot for elderly people. A multidisciplinary team is developing a commercial viable robotic solution that can be operated e.g. in residential care homes.

In two related projects, we aim to enhance inter-Scandinavian spoken language comprehension between Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.
In one project, we develop a tool that gives Scandinavian native speakers the opportunity to familiarize themselves with how the other Scandinavian languages sound, both with sound and in visualizations.

In the other project, we develop a concept for the development of teaching materials for the teaching and selfstudy of prosody in order to increase the mutual comprehension between young speakers of Danish, Swedish and Norwegian; furthermore, we develop exemplary teaching materials for the intonation (speech melodies), stress patterns and other prosodic information that supports speech comprehension.

The projects aim to promote the Nordic languages and cultures by describing their intonation systems and language-specific prosody; by developing a tool that can visualize Scandinavian intonation; by presenting an outline for suitable teaching materials; and by publishing scientific articles about the prosodic patterns in these languages and about pedagogical approaches to the teaching of these patterns. Read more
The projects are funded by Nordplus.

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Last Updated 17.02.2021