28th GeSuS Linguistics Days, Society for Language and Languages

Theme: Language(s) – Sprache(n) – Sprog (sg./pl.)

University of Southern Denmark in Odense, 16-18 May 2022

– On-site conference –

After the cancellations and postponements in 2020 and 2021 due to the Corona-pandemic, the Department of Language and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense with the Centre for Communication, Culture and Society cordially invite you to the 28th GeSuS Linguistics Days (www.gesus-info.de) from 16 to 18 May 2022 at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense (www.sdu.dk). We assume that the conference will be an on-site event. However, the individual thematic sections will have the opportunity to organise themselves in a hybrid format.

Since the very first meeting in Munich in 1992, the Society for Language and Languages (GeSuS – Gesellschaft für Sprache und Sprachen) has organised their annual Linguistics Days in several European countries. The Society dedicates itself to the research of language and languages in all linguistic sub-disciplines and is open to different theoretical approaches and frameworks.

In 2022, the Linguistics Days will be held in Denmark for the first time.

This year’s theme Language(s) – Sprache(n) – Sprog (sg./pl.) addresses the central position of implicit and explicit comparisons in linguistic research. Typological, historical-comparative, and contrastive studies are explicitly comparative by nature, whereas explorations of a single language, e.g. within a framework claiming universality, are, as a rule, based on or at least inspired by implicitly comparative ideas, they have comparative potential.

Besides discussing the results of concrete explicitly or implicitly comparative studies, the GeSuS Linguistics Days 2022 aim at focussing the comparison of linguistic phenomena as a method and as an instrument for gaining new insights from different perspectives.

Topic Areas

We welcome explicit and implicit comparative linguistic studies from the following topic areas:

  • Phonology, Morphology, Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Discourse- and Text Linguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Translation studies
  • Language acquisition and Language teaching
  • Multilingualism in individuals, organisations, and societies

Keynote Speakers

Ulla Vanhatalo, University of Helsinki (Finland)

Claus Ehrhardt, University of Urbino (Italy)

Claudia Rehwagen, Tampere University (Finland)

Thematic sections

In addition to the general section, the following thematic sections are currently registered:

  • Grammar and Grammatical Theory
  • Communication while travelling
  • Contact Linguistics, Multilingualism, Interculturality: Theory, Methodology, Practice
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Language Acquisition and Language Teaching

Conference Languages

The main languages of the conference are English and German. As the Linguistics Days support linguistic diversity, we welcome parallel language use with respect to papers and presentation; however, these should cover at least one of the main languages of the conference, such as providing presentation slides in English accompanied by a spoken presentation in Danish, or a handout in Polish accompanied by a spoken presentation in German.


Klaus Geyer, Alexandra Holsting, Uwe Kjær Nissen, Lone Villemoes


The GeSuS Linguistics Days will be held in the conference area of the Odense campus, University of Southern Denmark. The campus is located in the south-east of Odense. Address: Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense. Good public transport connections from the city centre. https://www.sdu.dk/en/service/vejviser/odense


Klaus Geyer, klge@sdu.dk, +45 6550 3215


The 28th GeSuS Linguistic Days are supported by the Carlsberg Foundations.

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