Dr Tom Lundskær-Nielsen

Senior Lecturer in Danish

Senior Lecturer in Danish since 2001; Acting Head of Department Oct. 2000 – Dec. 2001, and HoD Jan. 2002 – Dec. 2005. In addition to my Ph.D. from Odense University, I have a ‘cand.mag.’ degree (English/German) from Copenhagen University, and an M.Phil. degree (linguistics) from Cambridge University. I have previously taught at a Danish ‘gymnasium’, Copenhagen University, the Royal College of Education in Copenhagen, and Cambridge University, before moving to UCL in 1991. I held a Visiting Fellowship at Clare Hall, Cambridge, in 1988-90, and have since been a life member of Clare Hall. In 1991 I was awarded the gold medal from Copenhagen Business School for a thesis on historical linguistics.

I have been a consultant on various projects involving Danish, including for the OED, and edited the Section on Danish Language in The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies from 1995-2007. From 1994-2001 I was examiner of Danish B for the International Baccalaureate, and from 1995-2000 also Chief Examiner for Germanic/Slavonic languages. In April 2005, 2010 and 2012 I was ‘Visiting Professor’ at the Scandinavian Department, University of Vienna. In 2010 I obtained external funding that allowed me to have research leave in 2010-11 in order to work on a book about the language of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales.

Contact: email: t.lundskaer-nielsen@ucl.ac.uk   tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3182

Office hour 2012-13: Thursday 15-15.45

Research interests:

Danish language and literature, historical linguistics, history of linguistics.

Major publications:

Prepositions in Old and Middle English (Odense University Press, 1993, 203 pp.)

Danish. A Comprehensive Grammar (with R. Allan and P. Holmes) (Routledge, 1995/1998/2002); 2nd. ed.: Tom Lundskær-Nielsen and Philip Holmes (Routledge, 2010, 736 pp.)

Danish. An Essential Grammar (with R. Allan and P. Holmes) (Routledge, 2000/2004); 2nd ed.: Tom Lundskær-Nielsen and Philip Holmes (Routledge, 2011, 268 pp.)

Some Views of Prepositions in 17th and 18th Century England (Dept. of English, Odense University, 2000, 40 pp.)

An Introduction to Scandinavian Phonetics (with Michael Barnes and Annika Lindskog) (Copenhagen: Alfabeta, 2005, 121 pp.)

Prepositions in English Grammars until 1801 - with a Survey of the Western European Tradition (Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark, 2011, 307 pp.)

In addition, I have written a number of articles and encyclopedia contributions on Danish language and literature, and on linguistics, and given a range of papers and talks on these subjects.