Jógvan í Lon Jacobsen

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1990-1997 editor of the monolingual Faroese dictionary (published in 1998). 1998 assistant professor, 2009 lecturer, 2016 professor in Faroese at the University of the Faroe Islands. During the winter 2008-2011 a weekly program on the national radio answering questions from the radio listeners on language.  2015-2018 member of a research team (together with Faroese and Norwegian linguists) studying attitudes to Faroese dialects. One concrete result of the dialect study was the foundation of a transcribed corpus of Faroese spoken language. From 2021 on member of an editorship working on a Faroese language history. Since 2020 chairman of the Faroese placename committee, and chairman of the university language committee since 2022.  

Research interests

Sociolinguistics, dialectology, lexicography, terminology, language history, and purism. My main research interests are sociolinguistics and language variation in spoken Faroese, especially in dialects. My doctoral thesis was a sociolinguistic study on attitudes to foreign words and neologisms in Faroese. Concerning lexicography, I am responsible for updating the monolingual Faroese dictionary. The interest in purism resulted in a book Føroysk purisma – føroysk orð ella orð í føroyskum? ‘Faroese purism – Faroese words or words in Faroese? (2021).


Mainly in sociolinguistics, lexicography, and dialectology on the optional part of the education on MA- and BA-level in Faroese, and language history in the compulsory part on BA-level at the Institute of Faroese. For some years, I have been a visiting teacher at the University of Bergen in Faroese purism as part of courses in Nordic purism. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor philos. , University of Bergen

… → 2008

Mag.art. in Nordic philology , University of Copenhagen

… → 1991

Exam.art. in Faroese language and literature , Føroyamálsdeildin - Faculty of Faroese Language and Literature

… → 1981


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