Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Manager of research and research education, Swedish

I am Reader in Swedish linguistics. I often teach courses in text- and discourse analysis and supervise bachelor and master theses. 2015–2018 I work part time with the research project Metaphors in Palliative Cancer Care (MEPAC).


About the research

I received my PhD (2009) in Scandinavian languages at Centre of Languages and Literature at Lund university. My thesis dealt with the discursive practice of political pamphlets in the emerging public sphere in Sweden in 1769 and in 1809–1810. In my thesis I focus on discursive strategies of legitimation and delegitimation and discuss the analytical tools for performing such analyses.

My major field of interest is the use of language in society - contemporary as well as historically. I have a broad methodological interest for discourse analysis, text linguistics and sociolinguistics.

2010–2013 I was part of a project at The Swedish Institute for Health Sciences studying intercultural communication in the care of children with diabetes. I've also worked as a researcher at the Pufendorf Institute, studying metaphors in the discourse of the finance crisis.

2015–2018 I was part of the project Metaphors in Palliative Cancer Care (MEPAC).

Other fields of interests are political language and vocabulary knowledge. 


Books (4)
Editorships (2)
Articles (6)
Book chapters (9)
Conference contributions (6)
Reports (3)
Working papers (1)
Reviews (1)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (4)
Newspaper articles (1)

Research portal (Lund University)



  • Manager of Research and Research Education at Danish, Icelandic, Swedish, Swedish as Second Language and Swedish as a Foreign Language
  • Member, Board of Section 1, Centre for Languages and Literature


Anna W Gustafsson

Senior Lecturer
Centre for Languages and Literature

Manager of Research and Research Education
Division of Swedish subjects, Danish, and Icelandic
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail anna_w.gustafssonnordlund.luse

Phone +46 46 222 98 46

Room SOL:L317

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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