(De)constructing the Nation Online

Purpose: With the developers help, we aim to gain sufficient knowledge of how Netarkivet works in order to pursue our goal of exploring how particular keywords pattern and collocate online while also being able to pursue qualitative analyses of the context of the occurences. Furthermore, we aim to extract data from social media platforms such as Twitter and YouTube.

Support Type: Feasibility

Description: Our research group explores relations between language, globalization and the nation state. Our theoretical starting point is that societal changes are reflected in and driven by changes in language use. Currently we explore how discursive constructions of ‘globalization’, ‘the nation state’ and ‘national identity’ are undergoing change in Denmark in the period before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to explore how the archived web, in combination with corpus linguistic methods can help us answer this. As an example, we focus on the notion of ”samfundssind” and its use across the Danish netarchive pre and post Covid-19. We ask how the notion spreads, how the frequency intensifies, where it can be found, what it links to, and how it is typically reacted upon in different types of contexts.

Support period: Autumn 2020

Project Team:


Janus Mortensen, Associate Professor, Centre for Internationalisation & Parallel Langauge Use (CIP), University of Copenhagen


Martha Sif Karrebæk, Associate Professor, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen


Marie Maegaard, Associate Professor, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen


Janus Spindler Møller, Associate Professor, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen