Department of Management, Society and Communication

Professor emeritus
Dr.ling.merc., Cand.mag.

Room: DH.V.2.80
E-mail: pd.msc@cbs.dk
Per Durst-Andersen

Since my postdoctoral dissertation ”Mental Grammar” I have been working on a new communicative typology of languages based on a mixture of semiotic, perceptual, cognitive and communicative parameters: (1) Reality-oriented languages such as Russian, German, French and Polish; (2) Speaker-oriented languages such as Chinese, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew; and (3) hearer-oriented languages such as English, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian. Using this framework, I have studied verbal and nominal categories within a single language and across languages, for instance, verbal gender, aspect, mood, case, adverbials and particles.

The analysis of English data from production tests, reception tests and association tests involving 275 participants from Russia, China, Japan, Denmark and UK (the so-called The GEBCom Project, see below) enabled me to develop a new communication process model called the Communicative Wheel as well as three varieties of the so-called Pragmatic Wheel to account for the use of imperative, declarative and interrogative sentence forms as directives. Moreover, together with Stine Bentsen I have made a new three-sided model for the word, which combines semiotic, linguistic and psychological perspectives.

By employing this model, the CogSens Model, it has been demonstrated that the American-English linguaculture is idea-based, whereas the Mandarin-Chinese linguaculture is image-based. At present, I try to find out how people having different supertypes as their mother tongue resolve conflicts by using apologetic expressions, how the concept of face can be understood as first person, second person and third person, and how the three communicative supertypes relate to different pedagogical styles.

I am very fond of teaching and love to engage with students. I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to introduce students to a field by using new concepts and ideas that will make their brain and their world broader and more nuanced. This is one of the reasons why philosophy of science is my favorite subject of teaching.

The GEBCom Project (2013-2018) was supported by The Carlsberg Foundation, cf. mention on the foundation website.

Primary research areas
  • Communication
  • Semiotics
  • Cognitive science
  • Linguistic typology
  • Culture
  • Philosophy of science
Curriculum Vitae
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  • Global English and intercultural communication, BA-IMK
  • Philosophy of science and qualitative methods, BA-IMK
  • Philosophy of science, HA-MAT
  • Introduction to communication, HA-MAK

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Selected publications

Durst-Andersen, Per, Bentsen, Stine Evald. 2020. The word revisited. A combined semiotic, linguistic and psychological approach. Semiotica 229.

Durst-Andersen, Per, Barratt, Daniel. 2019. Idea-based and image-based linguacultures: Evidence from American English and Mandarin Chinese. International Journal of Language and Culture 6 (2).

Durst-Andersen, Per. 2018. Aspect as a communicative category. Evidence from English, Russian, and French. Lingua 209, 44-77.

Durst-Andersen, Per, Cobley, Paul. 2018. The communicative wheel: Symptom, signal and model in multimodal communication. Semiotica 225, 77-102.

Durst-Andersen, Per, Lorentzen, Elena. 2017. Pure case and prepositional case in Russian. Russian Linguistics 41(2), 177-221.

Durst-Andersen, Per. 2012. What languages tell us about the structure of the human mind.  Journal of Cognitive Computation 4(1), 82-97.

Durst-Andersen, Per. 2011. Linguistic supertypes. A cognitive-semiotic theory of human communication. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton.

Durst-Andersen, Per. 1992. Mental grammar. Russian aspect and related issues. Columbus, Ohio: Slavica Publishers.

Publications List
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Finn Collin; Per Durst-Andersen / Reductivism versus Perspectivism versus Holism : A Key Theme in Philosophy of Science, and Its Application to Modern Linguistics.
In: Theoria, A Swedish Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 90, No. 1, 2.2024, p. 56-80
Journal article > peer review
Per Durst-Andersen / A Trichotomic View of the Linguistic Sign : From the Distinction Between Hyponyms and Hypernyms to the Distinction Between Images and Ideas.
In: Acta Linguistica Hafniensia: International Journal of Linguistics, Vol. 55, No. Supplement 1, 2023, p. 168-188
Journal article > peer review
Per Durst-Andersen / Language, Culture and Society : Modality, Face and Societal Logic.
In: Globe: A Journal of Language, Culture and Communication, Vol. 17, 12.2023, p. 83-93
Journal article > peer review
Per Durst-Andersen / Signal, Symptom, and Model : A New Understanding of Indexes and their Interdisciplinary Correlations.
In: Open Semiotics: Epistemological and Conceptual Foundations. . ed. /Amir Biglari. Vol. 1, Paris : L'Harmattan 2023, p. 263-274
Book chapter > peer review
Per Durst-Andersen; Xia Zhang / Chinese as a Mother Tongue in the Context of Global English Business Communication
In: The Palgrave Handbook of Chinese Language Studies. ed. /Zhengdao Ye. Singapore : Palgrave Macmillan 2021, p. 1-39
Book chapter > peer review
Per Durst-Andersen; Stine Evald Bentsen / The Word Revisited : Introducing the CogSens Model to Integrate Semiotic, Linguistic, and Psychological Perspectives.
In: Semiotica, No. 238, 1.2021, p. 1-35
Journal article > peer review
Per Durst-Andersen; Daniel Barratt / Idea-based and Image-based Linguacultures : Evidence from American English and Mandarin Chinese.
In: International Journal of Language and Culture, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2019, p. 351–387
Journal article > peer review
Per Durst-Andersen / The Russian Imperative as a Mirror of Societal Logic
In: Humanitarian Aspects, No. 37, 2019, p. 74-97
Journal article > peer review
Per Durst-Andersen / Aspect as a Communicative Category : Evidence from English, Russian and French.
In: Lingua, Vol. 209, 7.2018, p. 44-77
Journal article > peer review
Per Durst-Andersen; Paul Cobley / The Communicative Wheel : Symptom, Signal and Model in Multimodal Communication.
In: Semiotica, No. 225, 11.2018, p. 77-102
Journal article > peer review
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