Linguistics and language studies cover a wide research area at the University of Bergen. This research community comprises about forty researchers working in projects related to general and formal linguistics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and dialectology, psycho- and neurolinguistics, developmental linguistics, computational and corpus linguistics, second language learning, text linguistics, and terminology.

Among the languages studied and researched in Bergen are such diverse ones as the Scandinavian languages (including also Old Norse), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Tigrinya, Latin, Japanese, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Maori.

The linguistics and language studies research community is organized in different research groups, which are described under “Groups”. The groups have members from various departments and even various institutions, including the Computational Language Unit at Uni Computing and the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), both based in Bergen.

Each research group has its own research activities including projects, seminars, conferences and other events. PhD students are linked to the research groups and participate at PhD courses through local and national research schools, as well as European research training networks (Marie Curie).