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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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Henrik Rosenkvist, Elisabet Engdahl
Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift, Editorial letter 2017
Editorial letter



Opersonlig passiv i danska, norska och svenska – en korpusstudie
Elisabet Engdahl, Anu Laanemets
Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Prepositional passives in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish: A corpus study
Elisabet Engdahl, Anu Laanemets
Nordic Journal of Linguistics, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Findes der præpositionspassiv i dansk?
Anu Laanemets, Elisabet Engdahl
15. Møde om Udforskningen af Dansk Sprog Aarhus Universitet 9.-10. oktober 2014. Redigeret av Inger Schoonderbeek Hansen og Tina Thode Hougaard, Conference paper 2015
Conference paper


"Javisst säger vi så" Om javisst som satsbas i modern svenska
Elisabet Engdahl
Fint språk / Good language. Festskrift till Lars-Gunnar Andersson sammanställd av Karin Helgesson, Hans Landquist, Benjamin Lyngfelt, Jenny Nilsson och Catrin Norrby, Göteborg, Meijerbergs institut för svensk etymologisk forskning, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Preposed object pronouns in mainland Scandinavian
Elisabet Engdahl, Filippa Lindahl
Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax, Magazine article 2014
Magazine article


Gör konsekvensanalys innan tidskriftsstödet avskaffas
Maria Ågren, Elisabet Engdahl
Curie – en tidning från Vetenskapsrådet, Magazine article 2013
Magazine article

The linguistic realization of information packaging
Enric Vallduví, Elisabet Engdahl
Linguistics, Journal article 2013
Journal article

Introduction: Object shift in the Nordic languages
Maia Andréasson, Kristine Bentzen, Elisabet Engdahl
Nordic Journal of Linguistics, Magazine article 2013
Magazine article

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