Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I am professor of General Linguistics and Language Learning, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden. Between 2009 and 2015 I was Pro Vice-Chancellor (vicerektor) of research for Lund University.


About the research

In my Ph.D. diss. (1984) I investigated how 3-year-olds use language to support fiction during make-believe play. After my dissertation I have been concerned with mainly three research areas: language development in children and adolescents (e.g. 2000), comparative studies of the activities of speaking and writing in real time (e.g. 2009, 2015), and cognitive consequences of linguistic diversity (e.g. 2004, 2009).
Over the past year I have become increasingly interested in early phases of the drafting process, primarily that of texts but also the process of revising other types of external representations, such as architectural drawings, mathematical proofs, works of art, and music. How does the ”author” interact with his/her external representation to develop his/her ideas?

Some publications:

(2000) Strömqvist, S. and Ragnarsdóttir, H. On the acquisition of verb argument structure. Linguistics 38-3:523-543.

(2004) Strömqvist, S. and L. Verhoeven (Eds.). (2004) Relating events in narrative – typologiocal and contextual perspectives. Mahwah, NewJersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers.

(2009) Strömqvist, S. Språkets Öga. Om vägarna mellan tankar och ord. [The eye of language. On the paths between thoughts and words] Lund: Studentlitteratur.

(2015) Bertram, R., Tønnessen, F., Strömqvist, S., Niemi, P., and Hyönä, J. Cascaded processing in written compound word production. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 9:207.


Editorships (2)
Articles (7)
Book chapters (9)
Conference contributions (3)
Reports (1)
Working papers (1)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (1)
Supervision at Lund University (4)

Research portal (Lund University)


Sven Strömqvist

General Linguistics
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail sven.stromqvistling.luse

Phone +46 70 345 45 32

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20