Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Born in 1965 in Hässleholm in northern Scania, I became fil. kand. (approx. BA) in Scandinavian languages, history and literature studies in 1988 and then fil. d:r (approx. PhD) in Scandinavian languages in 1997 at Lunds universitet – with a thesis on late medieval Swedish law language. Also thereafter I have mainly done research on Swedish style or language history, concerning such materials as soldier's handbooks and tourist brochures and such phenomena as calendarian time expressions. This focus on language in use has also lead me to a theoretical interest in text notions and text terminology. In 2010 I was appointed as docent (approx. associate professor) in Scandinavian languages. Since 1998 I have also worked part time as a lexicographer at the historical comprehensive dictionary of the Swedish Academy in Lund, from 2015 as its chief editor.


About the research

My current research concerns the plural of the Nordic r-stems, i. e. the kindship Words "broder", "dotter", "fader", "moder" and "syster". The question is why there is different plurals by different words in Swedish, Norwegian and Faroese (where as Icelandic has the old plural in all words, and Danish the new one everywhere). My hypothesis is that "syster" might have led the change, as it had no Umlaut difference between singular and plural and thus might have needed a more distinct plural. A quite different and broader interest of mine concerns the use of non clausal sentences within the Nordic style history, especially in (older) letters to start with and perhaps leading over to an investigation of older letter style alltogether. A not yet started project, being a cowork with Lena Lötmarker at Karlstads universitet, is planned to study tourist advertising and its slogans connected to different place names.


Books (2)
Editorships (1)
Articles (10)
Book chapters (13)
Conference contributions (9)
Reports (1)
Reviews (2)
Newspaper articles (2)

Research portal (Lund University)

Other tasks and qualifications

Editorial secretary of the periodical Arkiv för nordisk filologi.
Chief editor of The dictionary of the Swedish Academy (SAOB).

Bo Wendt

Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail bo.wendtnordlund.luse

Phone +46 46 222 98 13

Room SOL:L218

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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