Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

Research – English Studies

We do research both in English literature and English linguistics.



Research on Literature in English

At Lund, research on literature in the English language is conducted by one professor, one docent, four senior lecturers, and two full-time doctoral students with salaried positions.  A small unit in an international comparison, then; but our research is multifaceted, and most of us have more than one leg to stand on research-wise. English Literature has been an independent Lund discipline for more than half a century. Throughout that time, the idea has been that the continual addition of new perspectives makes for a richer research climate.

With that idea in view, research in English literature at Lund covers a range of different periods and genres and employs a variety of different critical methodologies, including new techniques from digital humanities.  Areas of particular expertise include early modern drama; eighteenth-century and Romantic-period literature and culture; nineteenth-century writing; modernism; contemporary Irish literature; and constructions of the body, and of desire, in a range of contemporary media.  Current focal points include: adaptations of Shakespeare, and studies of Shakespeare in performance; theories of perception in Romantic-period cultural texts; the relationship between romanticisms and romantic nationalisms in Britain and the Nordic countries; women’s fashion in nineteenth-century novels; the translation to Swedish of British reform literature; rhetoric in the novels of Dickens; the visual in the work of George Eliot; modernism and romanticism in the poetics of T.S. Eliot; the financial crash and Irish fiction; and women’s writing of the interwar period.


Research in English Linguistics

Language, Cognition and Discourse@Lund (LCD@L)

LCD@L is a research group led by Carita Paradis concerned with usage-based research approaches to make theoretical advances. Our research focuses on how language means when it is used in discourse, how language is acquired and processed, how it develops, and how language varies across social contexts and times. We use hypothesis-driven experimental methods, quantitative and qualitative corpus methodologies, and discourse-analytical techniques.

Current research topics include oppositeness, negation, monitoring processes in reading and text comprehension, metonymy and metaphor, phraseological processing, trust and trust-repair, agents and argument realization, language and politics, stance-taking in big data, multilingualism, sensory perceptions, multimodal literacy, contemporary grammaticalization of stance expressions.

Our work is organized around three main research clusters, which are:

Cognitive/functional approaches

Our research focuses on theoretical development and meaning modeling using quantitative corpus methodologies as well as experimental techniques. The meaningful functioning of language in use is at the core of our research approach at all levels from grammar, through words and constructions to text and discourse.

For more information about our research, please see our personal websites:
Hannele Diehl, Doctoral student
Lene Nordrum, Senior lecturer
Carita Paradis, Professor
Teri Schamp-Bjerede, Doctoral Student

Research groups and seminars in Lund:
The English Linguistics seminar
Cognition, Communication and Learning (CCL)
Contrast in Language, Thought and Memory
Advances in the description and explanation of stance in discourse using visual and computational text analytics - StaViCTA

Generative approaches

Our research is mainly in the field of theoretical syntax and the minimalist program(s). We are also interested in the application of corpus-based and experimental methodologies in the analysis of linguistic data. Many of the topics that we are interested in are at the borderline of syntax and semantics or syntax and information structure; middles, passives and other non-active sentences, and marked structures like clefts and existential sentences are just some examples of our current research topics.

For more information, please see our personal websites:
Fabian Beijer, Senior lecturer
Mats Johansson, Senior lecturer
Eva Klingvall, Reader
Satu Manninen, Professor

Research groups and seminars in Lund:
The English Linguistics seminar
The Grammar seminar (GRIMM)
The Aspect seminar

Applied approaches

Our research is concerned with the learning of English as a second language, by children and adults, language education, language testing, and language policy and planning including aspects of multilingualism in society in general and in education in Sweden in particular.

For more information, please see our personal websites:
Henrik Gyllstad, Senior lecturer
Francis Hult, Reader/Associate professor
Marie Källkvist, Reader/Associate professor

Research groups and seminars in Lund:
The English Linguistics seminar
The Language Acquisition seminar

Members of these clusters work as individuals, in collaboration with each other, and in a number of collaborations with other researchers at Lund and other universities and research institutes in Sweden and abroad.

Empirical methodologies

Our pioneering role in Sweden in the creation and use of computerized corpora has led to the use of corpus data in many areas of research, e.g. in semantics and discourse analysis. We also make use of different experimental methodologies, enabled by our state-of-the-art Humanities Lab.

Researchers and research projects

Researchers in English Studies

Fabian Beijer, Senior Lecturer

Birgitta Berglund, Senior Lecturer

Maria Bäcke, Senior Lecturer

Cian Duffy, Professor

Sara Farshchi, Senior Lecturer

Henrik Gyllstad, Reader, Senior Lecturer

Jenny Hartman, Researcher

Lars Hermerén, Professor Emeritus

Mette Hildeman Sjölin, Senior Lecturer

Sara Håkansson, Senior Lecturer

Mats Johansson, Senior Lecturer

Eva Klingvall, Reader

Kiki Lindell, Senior Lecturer

Annika Lindskog, Senior Lecturer

Claes Lindskog, Senior Lecturer

Satu Manninen, Professor

Lene Nordrum, Senior Lecturer

Carita Paradis, Professor

Eric Pudney, Senior Lecturer

Nele Pöldvere, Researcher

Vasiliki Simaki, Researcher

Lars-Håkan Svensson, Professor Emeritus

Marianne Thormählen, Professor Emerita

Ellen Turner, Senior Lecturer

Cecilia Wadsö-Lecaros, Reader, Senior Lecturer

Doctoral students in English Studies

Completed research projects in English Studies