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Frans Gregersen

Frans Gregersen


External duties:

  • Since the spring of 2013 chairman of the board of the Einar Hansen Dano-Swedish research foundation
  • Member of the committee to advise the Danish National Bank as to inhabitants at the visitors' apartment house in Nyhavn 18
  • Chairman (2014-2018) of the committee to nominate young researchers for the Nordic Nils Klim prize
  • Member of assessment committee under the auspices of the RJ (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) 2014-2017
  • Member of the committee to prepare thje meetings of the Academic Council UCPH/HUM, 2016-2018
  • Member of the UCPH HUM Ethical committee
  • Member of the HUM coordinating committee for digital security (LISU)
  • Chairman of the UCPH Tenure Track Committee 2015-2017
  • Member of the editorial board for the journal Language in Society 2014-
  • Member of assessment committee under the RJ for the programme Pro futura scientia 2016

Current research

For the moment I am working on:

  • The history of linguistics, in particular Rasmus Rask
  • Language in the great cities
  • Grammatical gender in spoken Danish and other Germanic languages
  • Danish in contact with Spanish and English (Project: Danish voices in the Americas)
  • The relationship between discourse contexts and phonetic and grammatical variation
  • The relationship between Danish and Swedish in the Øresund region (DASVA)


At the Faculty of Humanities my research is used as an example of the impact the humanities researchers have on society.
Read the case: Spoken language is a dynamic entity.

Primary fields of research

  • Sociolinguistic analyses of spoken and written Danish
  • History of the Danish speech community 1900-2000
  • History of Danish linguistics and its international background


  • Danish language, speech and writing
  • Sociolinguistics
  • History of Linguistics, in particular Danish linguistics
  • Mother tongue didactics of Danish

Selected publications

  1. Published

    The Logic of comparability: On genres and phonetic variation in a project on language change in real time

    Gregersen, F. & Barner-Rasmussen, M. 10 Apr 2011 In : Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory. 7, 1, p. 7-36 30 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    Sildig Opvaagnen, men til hvad?

    Gregersen, F. 31 Jan 2011 Ordmagneten: nitten tekster om sprog og litteratur til Jørn Lund i anledning af 65-års-dagen. Fahl, L. K., Gehlert Nielsen, J. & Trap-Jensen, L. (eds.). 1 ed. København: Gyldendal, p. 103-128 26 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  3. Published

    Sociolingvistik og sproghistorie: Om uniformitetshypotesen

    Gregersen, F. 25 Feb 2011 Studier i svenska språkets historia 11 : Förhandlingar vid Elfte sammankomsten för svenska språkets historia i Uppsala 23-24 april 2010. Reinhammar, M. (ed.). Uppsala: Gustav Adolfs Akademi, p. 49-68 20 p. (Acta Academiae regiae Gustavi Adolphi ; No. 113).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  4. Published

    Københavnsk sociolingvistik: festskrift til Frans Gregersen på 60-årsdagen

    Gregersen, F., Kristiansen, T. (ed.), Jørgensen, J. N. (ed.) & Pedersen, I. L. (ed.) 7 Apr 2009 Oslo: Novus forlag. 280 p.

    Publication: ResearchAnthology

  5. Published

    Forskere skal selv bevise deres uskyld

    Nosch, M. L. B., Hjorth, J., Gregersen, F., Zahavi, D., Helin, K., dyre, J., Wengel, J., Mouritsen, O., Nissen, P., Willerslev, E. & Dahl-Jensen, D. 16 Oct 2011 1, Dagbladet Politiken

    Publication: CommunicationFeature article

Selected activities

  1. Danmarks Nationalbank (External organisation)

    Gregersen, F. (Member)
    1 Jun 2006 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership in committee, council, board

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