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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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Negotiating about lexical meanings
Elisabet Engdahl, Kerstin Norén
. In Kanzaki, Kyoko, Pierrette Bouillon & Laurence Danlos (eds.) Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on Generative Approaches to the Lexicon, Paris. . , Poster 2007

Interaktion och kontext. Nio studier av svenska samtal.
Elisabet Engdahl, Anne-Marie Londen
Lund, Studentlitteratur, Edited book 2007
Edited book


Semantic and syntactic patterns in Swedish passives
Elisabet Engdahl
B. Lyngfelt & T. Solstad (eds.) Demoting the Agent. Passive, middle and other voice phenomena, Amsterdam, John Benjamins, Chapter in book 2006
Chapter in book

Information Packaging in Questions
Elisabet Engdahl
Olivier Bonami & Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (eds.) Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 6, Paris. , Conference paper 2006
Conference paper

A Puzzle about Dag's Book
Elisabet Engdahl
In H.Malmgren (ed.) Kvantifikator för en Dag. Essays dedicated to Dag Westerståhl on his sixtieth birthday. Philosophical Communications, Web Series, , . Dept. of Philosophy, Göteborg University. , Magazine article 2006
Magazine article


Introduction to the special issue on Comparative Nordic Semantics
Elisabet Engdahl, Robin Cooper
Nordic Journal of Linguistics, Magazine article 2004
Magazine article

Word order in the Swedish midfield - an OT approach.
Elisabet Engdahl, Maia Andréasson, Kersti Börjars
Karlsson, F. (ed). "Proceedings of the 20th Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics", Helsinki, January 7-9, 2004, Conference paper 2004
Conference paper


GoDiS – an accommodating dialogue system
Staffan Larsson, Peter Ljunglöf, Robin Cooper, Elisabet Engdahl, Stina Ericsson
ANLP-NAACL'00 Workshop on Conversational Systems, Conference paper 2000
Conference paper


Accomodating Information States in Dialogue
Robin Cooper, Elisabet Engdahl, Staffan Larsson, Peter Ljunglöf
3rd Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation, Conference paper 1999
Conference paper

Information states and dialogue move engines
Staffan Larsson, Robin Cooper, Elisabet Engdahl, Peter Ljunglöf
Linköping Electronic Articles in Computer and Information Science, Journal article 1999
Journal article

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