Scandinavian Studies in Language 2021-12-31T16:55:19+01:00 Ulf Dalvad Berthelsen Open Journal Systems <p><strong><em>Scandinavian Studies in Language</em></strong> is a peer-reviewed English-language journal that bridges Scandinavian and global research trends. Taking a starting point in Scandinavian languages and language use, the journal is devoted to the study of language in all its richness and complexity - to the meanings, functions, structures, and contexts of language and linguistic practices.</p> <p><strong>Interdisciplinary</strong> in its orientation, our journal encourages contributions that study language in relation to culture and cognition, nature and environment, society and institutions, education and media, and to new and interdisciplinary ways of studying, analyzing and theorizing language and life in Scandinavia and beyond.</p> <p>We publish all our papers online. Hosted by the The Roayl Danish Library in Denmark, our journal provides <strong>free and open access</strong> &nbsp;to all our publications. This is an important value for us. In a world that is increasingly sealing off research behind paywalls, we are committed to providing access to researchers and students across Scandinavia and the world.</p> <p><strong>Our vision</strong> is to connect Scandinavia and the world through the publication of papers and special issues that bring together multiple perspectives and traditions. We encourage shared linguistic explorations of topical issues. Current examples are an issue on language in the Norwegian TV-series Skam and an issue on the social life of interjections.</p> <p><strong>Would you like to be a guest editor for a special issue?</strong></p> <p>Please contact one of the editors-in-chief (see below) with your proposal for a special issue. Also, if you are organizing or hosting a workshop, panel and conference on a topic relevant to <em>Scandinavian Studies in Language</em>, you are welcome to contact us to discuss in advance if we would be interested in cooperating with you in publishing the papers in a special issue.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Introduction 2021-12-31T16:14:05+01:00 Ulf Dalvad Berthelsen Morten Tannert <p>Introduction</p> 2021-12-31T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Skandinaviske Sprogstudier følger dansk ophavsret. COMPUTING NUMERICAL IMAGES OF STUDENT WRITING 2021-12-31T16:19:51+01:00 Morten Tannert <p>With the rapid increase in the number of available digital texts in schools, new methodological approaches to studying writing development in education are now emerging. However, with new methodological approaches follow new epistemological challenges. In this article, I examine some of these challenges and discuss how they affect the role of computational linguistics within the field of educational writing research. The article is structured around three main sections. First, I position computational linguistics within the wider field of educational writing research with particular focus on L1 writing and K12 education. Second, I discuss to what extent methods from computational linguistics can provide us with new insights into different aspects of educational writing. Third, I discuss the potential of the concept of affordance to bridge between technology-centered and human-centered methodological approaches, and I relate this idea to recent theoretical developments in the digital humanities. Based on this discussion, I conclude the article with suggestions for possible directions in future writing research.</p> 2021-12-31T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Skandinaviske Sprogstudier følger dansk ophavsret. FROM LINGUISTIC FEATURES TO CULTURAL PATTERNS 2021-12-31T16:25:24+01:00 Anne Agersnap Kirstine Helboe Johansen <p>This article discusses the concept of reading and presents a method that<br>combines distant and close reading, while drawing on insights from<br>computational humanities. Focusing on basic features in language, distant<br>reading allows for the construction of new types of text. By close reading these<br>texts, it is possible to analyse cultural patterns across individual texts. This<br>method of reading is illustrated by two cases stemming from a project based<br>on a corpus of 11,955 Danish sermons. The first case begins with a distant<br>reading of gendered pronouns in the corpus. The second case begins with a<br>distant reading of named agents.*</p> 2021-12-31T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Skandinaviske Sprogstudier følger dansk ophavsret. MULTILINGUAL SENTIMENT NORMALIZATION FOR SCANDINAVIAN LANGUAGES 2021-12-31T16:31:00+01:00 Rebekah Brita Baglini Lasse Hansen Kenneth Enevoldsen Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo <p>In this paper, we address the challenge of multilingual sentiment analysis using a traditional lexicon and rule-based sentiment instrument that is tailored to capture sentiment patterns in a particular language. Focusing on a case study of three closely related Scandinavian languages (Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish) and using three tailored versions of VADER, we measure the relative degree of variation in valence using the OPUS corpus. We found that scores for Swedish are systematically skewed lower than Danish for translational pairs, and that scores for Norwegian are skewed higher for both other languages. We use a neural network to optimize the fit between Norwegian and Swedish respectively and Danish as the reference (target) language.</p> 2021-12-31T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Skandinaviske Sprogstudier følger dansk ophavsret.