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Per Linell

Per Linell was born in Malmö, Sweden, in 1944. Ph.D. in General Linguistics at Uppsala University in 1974. Professor in the interdisciplinary (thematic) research organisation in Communication Studies (tema K) at Linköping University 1981-2005 and in Language and Culture (Linköping) 2006-2011. Senior professor in Communication at Göteborg University (Department of education, Communication and Learning) 2011–2015, and since then Professor emeritus there. PhDhc at Helsinki university in 2014.

Research specialisations

  1. Talk-in-interaction and other communicative activities in their social and cultural contexts, in particular: talk within different institutions, organisations and professions. Communication across boundaries between professions and everyday life. See in particular my book Samtalskulturer (2011: in Swedish).
  2. The place of linguistics among other approaches to language. The dependence of formal linguistics on written-language perspectives (see my book The Written Language Bias in Linguistics, 2005). Languaging in real time and the nature of conversational language, for example, how words and grammatical constructions get their situated meanings in social life (see my book Språkande (2011: in Swedish).
  3. Dialogical theories of sense-making in thinking, communication, text use and practical action. Dialogism as a meta-theoretical framework opposed to radical individualism, that is, as implying that all sense-making by individuals and groups is interdependent with others´ sense-makings and understandings. The extension of dialogism to sensory perception is a case in point. See my books Approaching Dialogue (1998) and Rethinking Language, Mind and World Dialogically (2009), as well as the complementary notes in A Dialogical Note-Book (2014; see List of Publications) and later publications.

Current projects

I am working on a book on the basic questions of the language sciences (”meta-linguistics”) seen in the light of novel theories (dialogism). Such issues include the relations between:

  • Biology and culture: body (brain), situational environments and culture
  • Individual competences and collective (partially shared) knowledge
  • Interaction and linguistic resources (”language”)
  • Speech and writing, oral culture and symbolic technologies (not only writing)
  • The categories of language users vs. linguists/analysts

More comprehensive overviews of my research can be found on this website. The section on CV: Intellectual trajectory provides a thematic account, with references to relevant texts on the various issues.


In the section on Complete List of Publications on this website you will find both a chronologically ordered list of all my articles and books, and lists of the different texts divided up on different publication categories.

A considerable number of my most important papers and book chapters can be downloaded (see the section on Downloads). Books must be ordered from bookstores (for example, from commercial electronic companies like Amazon.com). Two of my Swedish books (Språkande, Samtalskulturer) can be ordered (by Swedish customers) from: jari.pellikka@bokakademin.se (customers from outside Sweden should instead contact agnese.grisle@liu.se). Texts that cannot be purchased this way or be accessed from Downloads (this site) can be requested by e-mailing me (per.linell@gu.se).

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Per Linell

Ph D, professor emeritus
room B1 112
telephone +46 31 786 28 18
e-mail address: per.linell@gu.se

Contact Information

Department of education, communication and learning

PO Box 300, SE 405 30 Gothenburg

Visiting Address:
Pedagogen B, Läroverksgatan 15

+46 (0)31 786 0000

+46 (0)31 786 2391

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