Torben Juel Jensen

Torben Juel Jensen

Associate Professor

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.

 

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

    Explanations in Sociosyntactic Variation

    Christensen, Tanya Karoli (ed.) & Jensen, Torben Juel (ed.), 2022, Cambridge University Press. 250 p. (Studies in Language Variation and Change).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    When variants lack semantic equivalence: Adverbial Subclause Word Order

    Christensen, Tanya Karoli & Jensen, Torben Juel, 2022, Explanations in Sociosyntactic Variation. Cambridge University Press, p. 171-206 35 p. (Studies in Language Variation and Change).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Foregrounding of subordinate clauses by word order: Psycholinguistic evidence of the function of V>Adv (V2) word order in Danish

    Christensen, M. H., Christensen, Tanya Karoli & Jensen, Torben Juel, 2020, In: Linguistics. 58, 1, p. 245–273 29 p., 7.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Comparing speech samples: On the challenge of comparability in panel studies of language change in real time

    Gregersen, Frans, Jensen, Torben Juel & Pharao, Nicolai, 2017, Panel studies of language variation and change. Wagner, S. E. & Buchstaller, I. (eds.). New York & London: Routledge, Vol. 1. p. 155-180 26 p. (Routledge Studies in Language Change).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

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

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

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

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

    Jensen, Torben Juel & Gregersen, Frans, 1 Sep 2016, In: Pragmatics. 26, 3, p. 417-446 30 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

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

    Christensen, Tanya Karoli & Jensen, Torben Juel, 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. (Studies in Language Variation).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    Promoting the demoted: The distribution and semantics of “main clause word order” in spoken Danish complement clauses

    Jensen, Torben Juel & Christensen, Tanya Karoli, 2013, In: Lingua. 137, p. 38-58 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  9. Published

    Diffusion of Language Change: Accommodation to a Moving Target

    Maegaard, Marie, Jensen, Torben Juel, Kristiansen, Tore & Jørgensen, J. N., 2013, In: Journal of Sociolinguistics. 17, 1, p. 3-36 34 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  10. Published

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

    Jensen, Torben Juel & Maegaard, Marie, 2012, In: Nordic Journal of Linguistics. 35, 2, p. 169-195

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  11. Published

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

    Fosgerau, Christina Fogtmann, Jensen, Torben Juel & Nielsen, Søren Beck, 2009, In: Acta Linguistica Hafniensia: International Journal of Linguistics . 41, p. 116-142 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  12. Published

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

    Jensen, Torben Juel, 2009, In: Acta Linguistica Hafniensia: International Journal of Linguistics . 41, p. 83-115 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  13. Published

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

    Jensen, Torben Juel, 2008, København: Hans Reitzels Forlag. 280 p. (Traveaux du Cercle Linguistique de Copenhague; No. 33).

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (Organisational unit)

    Jensen, Torben Juel (Chair)

    1 Feb 201631 Jan 2022

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in committee, council, board

  2. NyS (Journal)

    Jensen, Torben Juel (Editor)

    1 Jun 20051 Dec 2017

    Activity: Peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of Research journalResearch

  3. Kreativitet og dynamik i sproglig konventionsdannelse (External organisation)

    Jensen, Torben Juel (Member)

    1 Feb 201031 Jan 2013

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in research network

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

    Jensen, Torben Juel (Member)

    1 Jan 201031 Dec 2012

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in research network

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