Department of Management, Society and Communication

Associate professor

Room: DAL/2V.051

I am a researcher working on German and Danish language. I am primarily interested in syntax and semantics and how differences between German and Danish can be described and explained.  My research aims to facilitate and improve professional communication in German and Danish in terms of translation and text production and to provide insight into how natural languages work. I am also interested in how electronic media influence language use and what this tells us about the individual languages and its users.  Finally I am working on how to teach grammar and linguistics.

Primary research areas
  • German language
  • Danish language
  • Translation
  • Professional communication
  • Grammar teaching
Link to this homepage
  • German grammar (all levels)
  • Oral expression and communication in German
  • Text production
  • Introduction to German culture and society
  • Introduction to linguistics
  • Introduction to the theory of science
  • Language technology

I supervise MA-theses in German and Danish language, linguistics, text production and language technology

Other teaching activities
  • I have taught courses on the use of language theory in second-language teaching at the Freie Universität Berlin
  • I have taught language theory, basic German grammar and and the syntax of Germanic languages at the Freie Universität Berlin
  • I have taught several ph.d.-courses in linguistics in Denmark and Sweden
  • I am an external evaluator for the study programmes in linguistics in Denmark
Selected publications
  • Negating the verbum – The syntax and semantics of preposed negation in Danish. Journal of Comparative Germanic linguistics 15(1) 2012, p. 49-105.
  • Arbeite lieber, als dass Du Maulaffen feilhältst!“: Zur Syntax und Semantik der vergleichend-substitutiven lieber-als-Konstruktion im Deutschen. Deutsche Sprache 1/11, 2011, p. 25-51.
  • Das Verbalfeldmodell – ein Stellungsfeldermodell für den kontrastiven DaF-Unterricht. Deutsch als Fremdsprache 46(3), 2009, p. 143-149.
  • Form und Funktion bei der Verwendung des Ersatzinfinitivs im Deutschen. Zum Gebrauch des Ersatzinfinitivs bei Fügungen mit Modalverb und Direktionalergänzung. Acta Linguistica Hafniensis 40, København, 2007, p. 121-158.
Publications sorted by:
Bjarne Ørsnes / Inszenierte Dialogizität : Antwortpartikeln in monologischen Texten.
Abstract from XI. Nordisch-Baltisches GermanistenTreffen, 2018, p. 40
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Bjarne Ørsnes / Pragmatik i ordbogen : Hvordan kan fokusadverbiet godt beskrives i en dansk-tysk ordbog?.
In: NyS : Nydanske Sprogstudier, Vol. 55, 2018, p. 96-124
Journal article > peer review
Maribel Blasco; Bjarne Ørsnes / “On Thin Ice” : Discomfort Using Sie Among Danish Students and Teachers of German, and Implications for Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).
In: Fleks - Scandinavian Journal of Intercultural Theory and Practice, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2018
Journal article > peer review
Bjarne Ørsnes / Teuer war gestern und wir lieben billig : Über Adjektive als Subjekte und Objekte im heutigen Deutsch.
In: Deutsche Sprache, Vol. 45, No. 2, 2017, p. 97-115
Journal article > peer review
Bjarne Ørsnes / "Warren wir schon beim Du?" : Tiltaleformer på tysk og dansk.
In: Mål og Mæle, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2016, p. 16-20
Journal article > peer review
Bjarne Ørsnes / Forms of Address as Cross-Cultural Code-Switching : The Case of German and Danish in Higher Education.
In: Linguistik Online, Vol. 79, No. 5, 1.5.2016, p. 179-198
Journal article > peer review
Bjarne Ørsnes / Wh-optatives in Danish : Compositional and Noncompositional Aspects.
In: Journal of Germanic Linguistics, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2013, p. 137-192
Journal article > peer review
Bjarne Ørsnes / Information Structure and Non-canonical Complements
Paper presented at The 25th Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics, 2013
Bjarne Ørsnes; Stefan Müller / Passive in Danish, English and German
In: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. ed. /Stefan Müller. Stanford : CSLI Publications 2013, p. 140-160 (International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. Proceedings, Vol. 20)
Article in proceedings > peer review
Bjarne Ørsnes / The Danish Reportive Passive as a Non-Canonical Passive
In: Non-Canonical Passives. ed. /Artemis Alexiadou; Florian Schäfer. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company 2013, p. 315-336 (Linguistik Aktuell, No. 205)
Book chapter > peer review
More results... (total 35 results)