Research projects


The project is funded by the Danish VELUX Foundation

Construction Grammar and the Description of Situated Spoken Interaction. Construction Grammar is a relatively young theoretical approach to language, which has its roots in the cognitive linguistic tradition and which is spreading rather rapidly as a comprehensive theory of language principally capable of combining research in syntax, semantics, pragmatics and phonology in a unified framework.

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Designing for Situated Knowledge in a World of Change

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

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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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Human-Robot Interaction Lab Sønderborg

Over the past years, human-robot interaction has been established as a useful methodology to investigate various aspects of communication. Especially the interactional functions of linguistic features can be investigated very well using human-robot interaction experiments since robots can be manipulated and controlled in ways humans cannot – without being reductionistic; that is, in contrast to other methods preserves human-robot interaction the dynamics of interaction.

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Improving Second Language Pedagogy at the Prosody-Pragmatics Interface Using Human-Robot Interaction

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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Mobile Designs for Learning (MD4L)

The research project Mobile Designs for Learning (MD4L) investigates how pedagogical designs involving mobile learning spaces and digital artifacts accessible via mobile devices may innovate and improve learning, teaching and education. Research into this question is undertaken through the design of different dimensions of mobile learning, including design of  

  • mobile technology
  • learning resources employing mobile technology 
  • pedagogical use of learning resources employing mobile technology
  • educational activities based on learner mobility
PIPE - Professional Interaction and Practice

PIPE is funded as a strategic network by the Faculty of the Humanities for a 3-year period (2016-2019). 
PIPE unites three different research groups at the University of Southern Denmark that are studying human interaction and professional practices: the SOPRACON group in Odense, the SOIL project in Kolding and the Human-Robot Interaction Lab at Sønderborg. PIPE spans across the Department of Language and Communication in Odense (ISK) and the Department of Design and Communication in Kolding and Sonderborg (IDK).

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

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Second Language Research Center
Social Games Against Crime

The project is funded by TrygFonden

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Social object for innovation and learning

The project is funded by the Danish VELUX Foundation

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