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Vol. 12 No. 1 (2021): Special issue: The role of computational linguistics within the humanities and social sciences

The fast-rising interest in computational methods within the humanities and social sciences is largely driven by the fact that texts in the 21st century are digitized. We digitize cultural heritage and literary classics, and new texts within mass communication, education, social media, journalism and literature are by default produced in digital formats. This development means, firstly, that it has become relatively easy to build large text corpora and, secondly, that computational methods, in particular natural language processing (NLP), have become increasingly important in the study of everything from literature and archeology to education and sociolinguistics. Consequently, explicit and detailed analysis of linguistic structure has become the central starting point of much contemporary research within the humanities and social sciences.

The aim of this special issue is to explore the limitations and possibilities of this new linguistic turn. We welcome linguistic, methodological, and philosophical perspectives on this issue from all areas of the humanities and the social sciences, focusing on the interface between computational linguistics and the humanistic and social science disciplines.

Published: 2021-12-31
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Call for Papers: Language use in and about the net drama series SKAM

A special issue of Scandinavian Studies in Language

We are pleased to invite you to contribute to the special issue that investigates linguistic perspectives of the Norwegian net series SKAM (Eng. translation SHAME). Contributions may be short (with a maximum of 4000 words) or full articles (with a maximum of 7000 words). 

The series represents the everyday life dramas of a group of Norwegian teenagers and has quickly become extremely popular allover Scandinavia which online fan groups illustrate. On the whole, SKAM may be viewed as a media phenomenon in Scandinavia as the series represents teenagers’ use of online technologies, and as various online platforms such as Instagram and Messenger are used to communicate with SKAM viewers outside of the episodes. 

This special issue explores language use in and about SKAM, an area to date only sparsely investigated. Language use is understood in a broad sense to include not only use of speech and writing, but also other semiotic resources such as images, emojis, music, gestures, and the multimodal combinations of various semiotic systems in and across media platforms.

Additionally, the special issue will pay attention to the roles and functions of language use in the innovative ways that SKAM combines the classic television format of TV with young people’s use of digital and social media such as Instagram, Messenger etc. Further, the special issue seeks to illuminate how linguistic and multimodal representations of Norwegian youth language and social practices are received and drawn upon by viewers, e.g. as part of a fan culture, and/or as linguistic knowledge about Norwegian language.

Papers included in the special issue may also investigate the linguistic means used by teenagers to communicate feelings and discuss whether language and other communicative resources aid to help the target audience (16 year old girls) to boost their self-esteem by breaking down taboos, make them aware of communication between people in contemporary society and show them the benefits of confronting their fears.

We invite contributions from researchers working within any theoretical or methodological perspective that contribute to investigating language use in and around SKAM. Articles that report original research related to the theme of the special issue may include, but are not limited to:

• Language use in SKAM
• Expressions from SKAM used in other contexts
• SKAM as a resource for understanding Norwegian
• Swearing and emotional expressions in SKAM
• The interaction in the fan culture, e.g. on Facebook
• Language and identity
• Multimodal interaction

Submission of Abstracts

Please prepare your abstracts following these guidelines:
• 300 words maximum
• At the bottom of the abstract, please include four to six keywords and a list of the references cited in the abstract (keywords and references are not included in the word count; references in APA format).
• Names and affiliations of the author should not appear in the abstract, but should be clearly indicated in the accompanying email.
• For formatting, please use Times New Roman 12 point, single space, and save in .doc.
• Submit abstracts by the deadline by email to
• Include ‘abstract submission’ in the subject of the email

April 30th  2018 – deadline for submission of abstract

September 24th 2018 – 1st draft of articles

December  – 2nd draft of articles
January/February 2019 – publication

On behalf of the guest editors

Marianne Rathje, PhD and PostDoc, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Elisabeth Muth Andersen, PhD and Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Søren Vigild Poulsen, PhD and Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark



Call for papers

Scandinavian Language Studies (/Skandinaviske Sprogstudier) invites papers for a thematic issue on The social life of interjections. Contributions may be short (with a maximum of 4000 words) or full articles (with a maximum of 7000 words).

We welcome empiric-analytical as well as theoretical contributions, and we welcome studies on interjections in any language. Interdisciplinary studies are also very welcome. We are interested in all aspects of interjections: the meanings and functions of interjections in communicative settings, the definition and categorization of interjections, cross linguistic comparisons of interjections, the ontogenetic as well as the phylogenetic development of interjections,  and more.

Contributions should be written in English. All contributions will be subject to anonymous peer-review.

If interested, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to one or more of the three guest editors: Tina Thode Hougaard (, Carsten Levisen ( or Eva Skafte Jensen (, no later than December 15th 2017. If accepted, you will receive a stylesheet in English along with the letter of acceptance.

Abstract: State your interest and your point of view. Are you going for a primarily theoretical paper, or a more empirically based paper? Do you wish to write a short paper (max 4000 words) or a full paper (max 7000 words)?


December 15th 2017 – submission of abstract

April 20th 2018 – 1st draft

September 7th – 2nd draft

Early winter 2018 – publication


Tina Thode Hougaard (Aarhus University), Carsten Levisen (Roskilde University), Eva Skafte Jensen (Dansk Sprognævn)



Skandinaviske Sprogstudier er et peer reviewed online-tidsskrift hvor du kan orientere dig om den nyeste sprogforskning i Skandinavien. Tidsskriftet omfatter artikler inden for en bred vifte af sprogvidenskabens discipliner, herunder grammatik, semantik, tekstlingvistik og pragmatik. Artiklerne repræsenterer endvidere forskellige faglige tilgangsvinkler, herunder filosofiske, psykologiske, sociologiske, retoriske og didaktiske. På tværs af denne mangfoldighed lægger redaktionen vægt på at præsentere tematisk relaterede undersøgelser og diskussioner, både inden for de enkelte numre og løbende, fra nummer til nummer.

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Tidsskriftet redigeres af Simon Borchmann (RUC), Carsten Levisen (RUC), Tina Thode Hougaard (AU) og Ulf Dalvad Berthelsen (AU).

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