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Construction Grammar and the Description of Situated Spoken Interaction

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


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.

Work life and foreign languages – a study of language skills needs in relation to job functions in companies and institutions in the Danish-German border region.
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.

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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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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Learning neighbouring languages with the purpose of integration in the work life on both sides of the Danish-German Border

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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SDUs Social Design Unit
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.
Development of a Tool for Visualization of Intonation

Intonation has been found to play a major role in language comprehension. In this project, we thus aim to increase mutual comprehension between speakers of Scandinavian languages by providing them with a tool to enhance their understanding of the intonation patterns of the target language. The free tool to be developed will visualize target intonation patterns and provide learners with online feedback on their own productions. Besides the speech technology involved, we will develop target descriptions for Danish and Swedish and exercises for students at upper secondary school and university level to practice their understanding of the intonation patterns of the target language. Read more
Funded by Nordplus


Developing Teaching Material for Speech Prosody to Increase the Mutual Comprehension between Danish, Swedish and Norwegian
In this 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 project aims to promote the Nordic languages and cultures by describing their intonation systems and language-specific prosody; 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. Project starts November 1, 2020.  Funded by Nordplus.