Frans Gregersen

Frans Gregersen
University of Copenhagen · Department of Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics

dr. phil.

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Introduction
Frans Gregersen, b. 1949, is a sociolinguist and a professor emeritus of Danish Language at the University of Copenhagen. From 2005 until 2015 he was the director of the DNRF LANCHART Centre.
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May 2005 - present
University of Copenhagen
Position
  • Professor (Full) of Danish Language
Description
  • The DNRF LANCHART Centre was established in 2005 as a Centre of Excellence focussing on LANguage CHAnge in Real Time. By 2015 it will be embedded at the University of Copenhagen at the Department of Scandinavian Research.

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The paper discusses the place of Hans Jørgen Uldall in a history of the Danish structuralist theory of language glossematics.
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The paper analyzes two examples of how theoreticians look at the past to find predecessors and how their look is shaped by their current interest
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This paper examines the acquisition of grammatical gender of indefinite and definite DPs in Danish. It investigates which grammatical contexts further acquisition and which slow it down, and whether distinguishing between monolinguals and bilinguals makes a difference. Danish has a two-way gender distinction (common and neuter), fusing gender with...
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see: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-germanic-linguistics/issue/special-issue-gender-in-germanic/D93D50FE7E2ABA62795EC57FEB1D1F62
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Paper for publication in: Pieters and Keersmaekers (eds.): Internationalisation and the National Language. Language <Policy Interventions and Case Studies Duisburger Arbeiten zur Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft Band 126, Peter Lang
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I review how data can be made at least partly comparable although they come from different sources and projects
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This is a small essay on how Bernstein's ideas were misunderstood - just as Mozart's Piano Quartettes were ahead of his time.
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This is a presentation given at the occasion of a symposium on Internationalization and the use of languages in academia organized by Professor Danny Pieters at the KU Leuven on the 4th of May 2018. My job was to present the work done in the Nordic region on Parallel Language policies with a special focus on the so-called Lingua Receptiva model.
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More parallel, please is the result of the work of an Inter-Nordic group of experts on language policy financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers 2014-17. The book presents all that is needed to plan, practice and revise a university language policy which takes as its point of departure that English may be used in parallel with the various local...
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This is a paper on why the subject of social mobility and in particular educability made sociolinguistics relevant to society when it began in the early 1960es and an attempt to explain why the subject of educability more or less vanished from the research agenda later on.
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Paper given at the 14th Conference on The History of the Language Sciences, Paris, Sorbonne Nouvelle 29th of August 2017
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The paper introduces the research field of the special issue: the use of the two types of auxiliaries be and have for expressing past events, and contextualizes research in this field in general.
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Five interlocking case studies of variation in and between situations are reported. In all cases a sociolinguistic interview is contrasted with another speech event. The material is from the LANCHART panel study of variation in the Danish speech community in real time. Contrasting speech events are characterized using a genre classification and foc...
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In modern Danish, the most frequently used pronoun for generic reference is man , developed from the noun man(d) ‘man’. Recently, though, the second person singular pronoun du has gained ground, in parallel to similar recent developments in other languages. A large-scale, longitudinal study of the LANCHART corpus of spoken Danish has documented a r...
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The paper first discusses the influence of Labov on certain recent Chomskyan developments, starting from an identification of two radically different readings of the relationship between Labovian variationist sociolinguistics and the dominant theoretical paradigm of the latter half of the 20th century which is Chomskyan theoretical linguistics, i.e...
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A presentation of the Project Danish Voices in the Americas which investigates Danish as spoken in older recordings with immigrants from Denmark to the USA and new recordings with Argentinians of Danish extraction.
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On the basis of data from the DNRF LANCHART Centre's study of language change in real time four Danish sites are investigated for systematic co-variation of selected features. Having demonstrated that co-variation is not dependent on site nor can be said to hold in general for idiolects we discuss the notion of coherence as co-variation of features...
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Siden 1960'erne har det danske sprogsamfund oplevet store forandringer. Histo-risk set var Danmark et mangfoldigt dialektsamfund, men på kort tid er landet blevet et mere og mere ensrettet standardsprogssamfund. Samtidig spirer og gror nye måder at bruge dansk på blandt de store byers unge. I 2005 skabtes Sprogforandringscentret på Københavns Unive...
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Siden 1960'erne har det danske sprogsamfund oplevet store forandringer. Histo-risk set var Danmark et mangfoldigt dialektsamfund, men på kort tid er landet blevet et mere og mere ensrettet standardsprogssamfund. Samtidig spirer og gror nye måder at bruge dansk på blandt de store byers unge. I 2005 skabtes Sprogforandringscentret på Københavns Unive...
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The paper outlines the analyssis of speech genres synchronically and diachronically and exemplifies how speech genres are emulated and transformed in an analysis of a piece of literary fiction by the Danish author Katrine Marie Guldager
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I discuss the history of historical and comparatuve linguistics as imprints on present day dialectological and sociolinguistic methods
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The purpose of this paper is to argue for the following claims:  The source of all written genres is ultimately to be found in spoken language.  This necessitates giving some thought to historical problems of the evolution of genres and the institutionalization of oral genres, as well as to the synchronic problem of the status of structure and fu...
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In this paper, I argue that linguistics is a historical science in more than one sense: Not only is the object, language, embedded in time, but so is the study of it. This has consequences for our conception of language change. A central result of previous sociolinguistic analyses of spoken Copenhagen Danish, starting with Brink & Lund 1975, is tha...
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This edition constitutes a photographic reprint of the English edition of Rasmus Rask's prize essay of 1818 which appeared as volume XXVI in the Travaux du Cercle Linguistique de Copenhague in 1993. The only difference, besides the new front matter, is the present introduction, which serves to introduce the author Rasmus Rask, the man and his caree...
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This paper is about variation and how to make sense of it. It takes as its material a construction that has been treated as a new part of the system of Danish and Swedish, viz. the plus at ‘plus that’ construction. The corpus I have used to evaluate claims about this construction is the LANCHART corpus of spoken Danish from 1970 to 2010. The data f...
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This paper is based on data from the LANCHART (Language Change in Real Time) corpus. LANCHART is 'data-based' in that transcripts are orthographi-cally normalized and both transcripts and annotations are time stamped and stored in a database. The corpus is structured according to generation, gender, geography, class, and time of recording. The soci...
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Taking its point of departure in Roman Jakobson's famous closing statement on Linguistics and Poetics, the paper demonstrates that many of the issues that we confront in linguistically based literary analysis have to be confronted in the analysis of everyday spoken language as well: questions of genre and enunciation are common for both modes of la...
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First of all we want to thank the general editors of the Nordic Journal of Linguistics for this opportunity to present to the readers of one of the most important linguistics journals in Northern Europe some specimens of sociolinguistic research. When we were approached by the general editors, we wholeheartedly agreed that this would be a good idea...
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After a brief introduction on studies of real time change in general, we focus on the well-known variable of short (æ) in Danish. We study this variation in the speech of 43 speakers from Næstved and Copenhagen respectively. The 43 informants were recorded twice with an interval of around 20 years. They were at the time of the first recording betwe...
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In this introduction to the volume of papers from the Danish laboratory, both the design of the LANCHART study of language change in real time and the data collected according to the design are described. Starting from a delimitation of the problem field, we progress to a detailed description of the original eight studies making up the starting poi...
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In this introduction to the volume of papers from the Danish laboratory, both the design of the LANCHART study of language change in real time and the data collected according to the design are described. Starting from a delimitation of the problem field, we progress to a detailed description of the original eight studies making up the starting poi...
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The second issue of Volume 32 (December 2009) of the Nordic Journal of Linguistics will be a special issue devoted to sociolinguistics, edited by Frans Gregersen and Unn Røyneland.
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Frans Gregersen, b.1949, is a sociolinguist and a professor of Danish at the University of Copenhagen. He is currently director of the LANCHART centre financed by the Danish National Research Foundation 2005–2010.
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Frans Gregersen, b. 1949, is a sociolinguist and a professor of Danish at the University of Copenhagen. He is currently director of the LANCHART centre financed by the Danish National Research Foundation 2005–2010.
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Frans Gregersen, b.1949, is a sociolinguist and a professor of Danish at the University of Copenhagen. He is currently director of the LANCHART centre financed by the Danish National Research Foundation 2005–2010.
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Frans Gregersen (b. 1949) is a sociolinguist and a professor of Danish at the University of Copenhagen. He is currently director of the LANCHART centre financed by the Danish National Research Foundation 2005–2010.
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The paper summarizes post-World War II research on the understanding of Swedish by Danes and vice versa. Self-evaluation results as well as test results point to increased mutual comprehension. Preliminary results from ongoing investigations on both sides of the øresund are given. They suggest a number of possible future scenarios, the most realist...
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Linguistics in this century has been dominated by the contrasting currents of empiricism and rationalism. The empiricist firmly believes in induction, refers to data as uncontroversially falsifying or corroborating preconceived notions of what languages are like and is devoted to working with a wide variety of linguistic data. The rationalist, on t...
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The paper was written for a commemorative volume celebrating the life and letters of Claus Færch and that is why I tried to give a historical perspective from Rasmus Rask and until Claus Færch on how linguists in Denmark have viewed the relationship between 'pure' and 'applied' linguistics.
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Ausgehend von der Gegenberstellung der Wissenschaftlichkeit der Naturwissenschaften und der Geisteswissenschaften wird argumentiert, da Wissenschaftlichkeit nur auf der Basis einer Zusammenstellung wissenschaftstheoretischer, wissenschaftsgeschichtlicher und wissenschaftssoziologischer Kriterien definiert werden kann. Eine solche dreiteilige Defini...

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