Susanne Tienken

Stockholm University

My primary areas of research are cultural linguistics, media linguistics and historical sociolinguistics. I am interested in the relationship between individual and collective language use and the processes of meaning-making in different media during various time periods. A central question which I often return to is how linguistic resources are used to create social and cultural meaning and how humans shape their world through language.

I hold the position of Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in German linguistics at Stockholm University.

Item of interest
In my part of the project, I focus on multilingualism among the nobility in the 17th century. The main task is to reconstruct multilingual practices at Skokloster Castle for a better understanding of linguistic means as resources for the construction of noble and powerful identities.

The most significant (and salient) sources are Skokloster‘s stunning ‘writings on the walls’. They can be (and have been) understood as exquisite conversation pieces of edification and amusement. Considering further sources on-site, such as the Skokloster collections of dictionaries, phrase books, travel literature, prayer and cookery books and the inscriptions on china, paintings, embroidery, it becomes clear that the sentences also can be seen as an Early Modern linguistic landscaping practice.