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Torben Juel Jensen

Torben Juel Jensen

Associate Professor, Head of Study Board

Fields of interest

Sociolinguistics, functional/cognitive grammar, corpus linguistics, language variation and change

Teaching

Danish morphology, syntax and text linguistics

Language variation and change

Primary fields of research

Danish grammar, variation and change in 20th century Danish

Current research

My current research is part of the LANCHART Centre's project on variation and change in 20th century Danish - aiming at formulating and testing a model of language change. My part of the project concerns Danish grammar, and at present this includes studies of developments in the use of personal pronouns, participles and word order in dependent clauses in spoken Danish during the last four decades. The focus in these studies is diffusion of linguistic innovations in space and time,
intra-individual variation (in lifespan perspective as well within an
individual conversation), and the interplay between social/interactional and functional/semantic factors in explaining linguistic variation and change.

I also participate in the project Creativity and Dynamics in the Processes of Language Conventionalization. The aim of this project is to demonstrate the mechanisms behind language creativity and diversity and to develop theory and methods to investigate how language conventions are created, sustained and changed through concrete communication processes.

Impact

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.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Generic 'du' in time and context: A study of intra-individual variation and change

    Jensen, T. J. 2017 Creativity and continuity: Perspectives on the dynamics of language conventionalization. Duncker, D. & Perregaard, B. (eds.). Copenhagen: U Press, p. 209-234

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  2. Published

    What do(es) you mean?: The pragmatics of generic second person pronouns in modern spoken Danish

    Jensen, T. J. & Gregersen, F. 1 Sep 2016 In : Pragmatics. 26, 3, p. 417-446 30 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    Word order variation and foregrounding of complement clauses: Exploring the meaning of sentence adverbials as signals of word order

    Christensen, T. K. & Jensen, T. J. 2015 Language variation - European Perspectives: Selected papers from the Seventh International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 7), Trondheim, June 2013. Thorgersen, E., Hårstad, S., Mæhlum, B. & Røyneland, U. (eds.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, Vol. V, p. 69–86 18 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings

  4. Published
  5. Published

    Diffusion of Language Change: Accommodation to a Moving Target

    Maegaard, M., Jensen, T. J., Kristiansen, T. & Jørgensen, J. N. 2013 In : Journal of Sociolinguistics. 17, 1, p. 3-36 34 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. Published

    Past participles in Jutland Danish: A real time study of regionalization and standardization

    Jensen, T. J. & Maegaard, M. 2012 In : Nordic Journal of Linguistics. 35, 2, p. 169-195

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  7. Published

    From community to conversation - and back: Exploring the interpersonal potentials of two generic pronouns in Danish

    Fosgerau, C. F., Jensen, T. J. & Nielsen, S. B. 2009 In : Acta Linguistica Hafniensia. 41, p. 116-142 28 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  8. Published

    Generic variation?: Developments in use of generic pronouns in late 20th century spoken Danish

    Jensen, T. J. 2009 In : Acta Linguistica Hafniensia. 41, p. 83-115 23 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  9. Published

    Betingelse, generalisering og realitet: Hvis-konstruktioner i dansk talesprog

    Jensen, T. J. 2008 København: C. A. Reitzel. 280 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

  10. Published

Selected activities

  1. New Ways of Analyzing Variation

    Jensen, T. J. (Speaker)
    25 Oct 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

  2. International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 8)

    Jensen, T. J. (Speaker)
    29 May 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

  3. SLE 2014

    Jensen, T. J. (Speaker)
    11 Sep 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

  4. Methods in Dialectology XV

    Jensen, T. J. (Speaker)
    12 Aug 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

  5. New Ways of Analyzing Variation

    Jensen, T. J. (Speaker)
    25 Oct 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

  6. 7th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe

    Jensen, T. J. (Speaker)
    27 Jun 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  7. NyS (Journal)

    Jensen, T. J. (Editor)
    1 Jun 20051 Dec 2017

    Activity: ResearchEditor of Research journal

  8. N'CLAV - Nordic collaboration on language variation studies (External organisation)

    Jensen, T. J. (Member)
    1 Jan 201031 Dec 2012

    Activity: MembershipMembership in research network

  9. New Ways of Analyzing Syntactic Variation

    Jensen, T. J. (Speaker)
    16 Nov 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  10. Sociolinguistics Symposium

    Jensen, T. J. (Speaker)
    23 Aug 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  11. N'CLAV Grand Meeting

    Jensen, T. J. (Speaker)
    15 Aug 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  12. Symposium on the Dynamics of Language Conventionalization

    Jensen, T. J. (Speaker)
    25 Jan 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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