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Elisabet Engdahl


Elisabet Engdahl

Room number: K507
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

Department of Swedish (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Elisabet Engdahl

Professor of Swedish

After having completed an MA at Uppsala University, I studied linguistics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. It was there that I discovered that Swedish is an interesting language from a general linguistic perspective. My PhD thesis from 1980 dealt with the syntax and semantics of questions in Swedish and was supervised by Barbara Partee.

I was post-doctoral fellow in Cognitive Science at Stanford University, research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for psycho-linguistics at Nijmegen and at Lund University and assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and reader at the Centre for Cognitive Science (nowadays part of the School of Informatics) and the Human Communication Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh. In 1995 I came to the University of Gothenburg and in 2004 I became professor of Swedish.

I was a member of the Swedish Research Council between 2000 and 2013. In 2008 I was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and in 2010 to the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg. I became honorary doctor at Lund University in 2012.

Research interests:

Comparative Scandinavian grammar, spoken Swedish, intonation, word order, theoretical linguistics, e.g. HPSG, Optimality theory, Construction Grammar. I am involved in the ScanDiaSyn network where 10 research groups collaborate on Scandinavian dialect syntax.

Motto: Not a day without an example.


The choice between bli-passive and s-passive in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish (1999)

Latest publications

Introduction: New perspectives on diachronic syntax in North Germanic
David Håkansson, Erik Magnusson Petzell, Elisabet Engdahl
Nordic Journal of Linguistics, Editorial letter 2019
Editorial letter

Presentational sentences in Icelandic and Swedish: Roles and positions
Elisabet Engdahl, Joan Maling, Halldór Ármann Sigurdsson, Annie Zaenen
Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax, Magazine article 2018
Magazine article

Expletive passives in Scandinavian – with and without objects
Elisabet Engdahl
Michelle Sheehan & Laura R. Bailey (eds.), Order and structure in syntax II: Subjecthood and argument structure, Berlin, Language Science Press, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Subject properties in presentational sentences in Icelandic and Swedish
Annie Zaenen, Elisabet Engdahl, Joan Maling
The very model of a modern linguist : in honor of Helge Dyvik / edited by Victoria Rosén and Koenrad De Smedt, Bergen, Bergen Language and Linguistic Studies , Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Introduction to the special issue on variation in auxiliary selection
Frans Gregersen, Elisabet Engdahl, Anu Laanemets
Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, Journal issue 2017
Journal issue

Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift
Elisabet Engdahl, Henrik Rosenkvist
Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift, Journal issue 2017
Journal issue

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Optional expletive subjects in Swedish
Elisabet Engdahl
Nordic Journal of Linguistics, Journal article 2012
Journal article



Fånga språkkänslan!
Elisabet Engdahl
Språktidningen, Magazine article 2010
Magazine article


Elisabet Engdahl
Kungliga Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademiens årsbok, Magazine article 2009
Magazine article


Thænne vægh var thiokker at ridha – ett tidigt exempel på adjektiv med infinitivbestämning
Elisabet Engdahl
NOG ORDAT? Festskrift till Sven-Göran Malmgren den 25 april 2008. Red: Jóhannesson, Kristinn, Hans Landqvist, Aina Lundqvist, Lena Rogström, Emma Sköldberg och Barbro Wallgren Hemlin , Göteborg, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

Frågor i NoTa
Elisabet Engdahl
Janne Bondi Johannesen & Kristin Hagen (red.) Språk i Oslo. Ny forskning om talespråk. Novus forlag, Oslo., Conference paper 2008
Conference paper


Flerfunktionellt det
Elisabet Engdahl
Milles, Karin & Anna Vogel (red.) Språkets roll och räckvidd. (Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis: Stockholm Studies in Scandinavian Philology. New Series 42.) , Stockholm, AUS, Chapter in book 2007
Chapter in book

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