The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism consists of the units Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Institute of Interpreting and Translation Studies, Swedish as a Foreign Language, and Swedish / Scandinavian Languages. We are part of the Faculty of Humanities at Stockholm University.
The Department in figures
Research and Education
- 6 main subjects: Bilingualism, Scandinavian Languages, Swedish, Swedish as a Foreign Language, Swedish as a Second Language, and Translation Studies (Interpretation and Translation).
- 3 subjects for PhD studies: Bilingualism, Scandinavian Languages, Translation Studies.
- Approximately 130 research publications on average per year in the publication database DiVA.
- SEK 127.7 million in financial turnover (in 2020).
Staff and Students
- Nearly 200 in staff in some form of employment, of which about 20 have a professorship (including emeriti), about 55 teachers are researchers / have a PhD, about 25 PhD students, about 40 assistant professors and other teachers and about 20 in the technical-administrative group.
- About 5000 students per year: Bilingualism about 230, Interpretation and Translation Studies about 400, Swedish and Scandinavian Languages about 2100 of which the Teacher Education in Swedish is about 900, Swedish as a Foreign Language about 1600, Swedish as a Second Language about 650 of which Teacher Education 120.
- Floor 3–6: We are located on Floor 3–6 in Building D, Södra huset in Frescati.
Higher seminars and qolloquia
Conferences, symposia and workshops
We arrange/co-arrange national and international conferences/symposia.
The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism was established on 1 January 2013 through a merger of the Department of Scandinavian Languages, Centre for Research on Bilingualism and the Institute for Interpreting and Translation Studies (TÖI).
Centre for Research on Bilingualism
The Centre started as a small department for research on bilingualism at the Department of Linguistics in 1981. In 1988, the department was transformed into a faculty-supported, independent research center directly under the Faculty of Humanities and remained in this organizational form for 25 years up to and including 2012. In 2013, the merger was completed into The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism.
Institute for Interpreting and Translation Studies (TÖI)
TÖI was founded in 1986 at Stockholm University with a national assignment directly from the government to train interpreters and translators for Sweden's needs. In 2013, the merger was completed into The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism.
Prizes and awards
Employees at the Department have received prizes and awards over the years for good linguistic work. Please see our page in Swedish:
Names of prizes and awards in Swedish and English
- Erik Wellanders språkvårdspris (Erik Wellander's award for language planning)
- Stockholms läns landstings pris för arbete mot främlingsfientlighet och rasism (Stockholm County Council's award for work against xenophobia and racism)
- Svenska Akademiens Karin Gierows pris (The Swedish Academy's Karin Gierow Award)
- Svenska Akademiens Margit Påhlsons pris (The Swedish Academy's Margit Påhlson's Award)
- Svenska Humanistiska Förbundets pris (The Swedish Humanities Association's Award)
- Årets lärare vid Stockholms universitet (Teacher of the year at Stockholm University).
Last updated: August 12, 2022
Source: Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism (Svefler)