Danish Functional Linguistics

Danish Functional Linguistics is an open research community which has existed since 1989 at the southern (Amager) campus of the University of Copenhagen. Its activities include a programme of talks and discussions, as well as publications and contributions to Ph.D. courses. The theoretical framework is outlined in the book Dansk Funktionel Lingvistik (2005). Among the central features is the assumption that languages are essentially means of pragmatic interaction, which are specially designed to draw on the cognitive systems of language users in ways that constitute a structured potential for use. Actual practice and linguistic potential mutually presuppose each other: the structured potential is distilled out of ongoing practice, and actual practice only functions if users can draw on the stored potential.

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