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Tanya Karoli Christensen

Tanya Karoli Christensen

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

The theoretical foundation for my research is functional grammar combined with sociolinguistics in the tradition of Language Variation and Change. In my current research, I perform multivariate analyses of epistemic/discourse markers, and of word order in subclauses, all in modern Danish speech.

My recent involvement in the field of Forensic Linguistics is a direct extension of my previous research interests in that it applies methods and concepts from semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics and corpus linguistics to any type of linguistic data in legal cases.

Current research

  • Forensic Linguistics
  • the combination of sociolinguistics and functional linguistics
  • semantic variation
  • word order in subclauses
  • epistemic expressions
  • discourse markers
  • everyday written language

Teaching

I teach Language 2 and 3 (grammar and text linguistics, semantics, pragmatics and linguistic theories).

I supervise projects within

  • Forensic Linguistics
  • the grammar of (spoken) Danish
  • pragmatic and semantic text analysis
  • speech acts and sentence types
  • verbal categories and their contribution to sentence meaning
  • dialogic particles in Danish

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