Bjarne Simmelkjær Sandgaard Hansen

Bjarne Simmelkjær Sandgaard Hansen

Special Consultant


    Karen Blixens Plads 8, 2300 København S, 16 Bygning 16, Building: 16-0-22

    Phone: +4535329333

Member of:

    Current research

    From 1/1-2020 to 30/6-2021 I am involved in a large-scale research project entitled The Sound of Copenhagen where a group of researchers from Centre of Dialectology (University of Copenhagen), Museum of Copenhagen, Moesgaard Museum and Danish Centre of Urban History (University of Aarhus/The Old Town: National Open Air Museum of Urban History and Culture) collaborate on examining and disseminating the prehistoric auditive cultures of Copenhagen with a focus on the role of sound for creating the spaces and communities of the city (soundscapes). Within this project, I focus especially on the role the surrounding dialects have to play in the soundscapes of Copenhagen from c. 1600 to c. 1950.

    In addition to that, from 1/11-2017 to 30/6-2020, I occupy myself with a project on morphosyntactic changes, above all in the case system, in Middle Danish which is a subproject of the research project The Middle Danish language in the light of a modern theory of grammaticalisation funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and managed by Professor Lars Heltoft.

    Primary fields of research

    Germanic and Nordic (incl. Danish) language history:
    - Phonology
    - Grammar, particularly nominal derivation and inflection as well as morphosyntactics
    - (Socio-)dialectology (especially Danish, Swedish and the Dalecarlian Ovansiljan variants)
    - Linguistic palaeontology (lexicon and semantics)



    Main fields of teaching and supervision:
    - History of the Germanic languages
    - History of the Nordic languages
    - History of the Danish language
    - History of the Swedish language and literature (incl. Elfdalian)
    - Gothic language, incl. language history


    * = guest lecturing only

    - 2020                    Language and context (Swedish part) (BA-level in Danish)
    - 2019                    Germanic language history (BA-level in Linguistics with Indo-European)
    - 2018                    Supervision of MA thesis (MA-level in Indo-European Studies)
    - 2018                    Supervision of BA thesis (BA-level in Danish)
    - 2018-2019 (x2)    Norwegian and Swedish (Swedish part) (elective MA-course in Danish)
    - 2018-2020 (x3)    Language 4 (Swedish part) (BA-level of Danish/Danish OU) 
    2015-2019 (x2)    Indo-European topics (MA-level in Indo-European Studies)*
    2015                    Indo-European phonology (BA-level in Indo-European Studies)
    2015                    Proto-Norse (BA/MA-level in Indo-European Studies + Danish)
    2014-2015 (x2)    Roots of Europe (elective BA-level course + BA/MA-level summer course)(*)
    - 2014                    Indo-European phonology (MA-level in Indo-European Studies)*
    2014-2015 (x5)    Supervision of BA thesis (BA-level in Indo-European Studies)
    2013-2015 (x2)    Indo-European morphology (MA-level in Indo-European Studies)*
    2012-2013 (x2)    Language 1(BA-level in Danish)*
    2011-2016 (x4)    Pre-Semester Danish Language Course (for exchange students)*
    2010-2014 (x3)    History of the Gothic language (BA-level in Indo-European Studies)
    2010                    Seminar on Germanic language history (MA-level in Indo-European Studies)
    - 2
    009-2015 (x7)    Methodology and terminology (BA-level in Indo-European Studies +Finnish)*


    - 2018-2019 (x2)    Danish and Nordic language history (series of lectures at University of Belgrade)
    - 2016-2017           Danish for foreigners, NSI Sprog- og Integratíonscenter (Næstved, Denmark)
    - 2007-                  Freelance Danish teaching, with Swedes constituting the greatest number of course attendants, for the Swedish company Aktivt Språk (Malmö, Sweden)


    - 2020                    Didactic conference Make a Difference: teach and learn with technology (participation with the workshop “How to build a flipped classroom”)
    - 2018-2019           Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
    - 2018                    MA thesis supervision seminar
    - 2018                    Workshop on audio files in teaching
    - 2015-2019 (x3)    Didactic conference Make a Difference: teach and learn with technology (participation without a paper)
    - 2015                    Workshop More visual and less linear presentations with Prezi
    - 2015                    Seminar Digital media in language classes (participation with the presentation ”Brugen af live-streaming og podcasting på Indoeuropæisk”)
    - 2014                    Didactic conference Make a Difference: teach and learn with technology (participation with the presentation “Online learning, blended learning and the flipped classroom”)
    - 2014                    Seminar Using Adobe Connect in teaching
    - 2010                    Ph.D. course Practical teaching skills

    Fields of interest

    History of the Germanic and Nordic languages, incl. Danish:
    - Phonology (Umlaut and Auslaut processes in particular)
    - Grammar, escpecially morphosyntactics
    - Lexicon/etymology
    - Internal grouping/branching of the Germanic languages

    Languages/dialects of particular interest:
    - The early Runic language of Scandinavia (~ "Proto Norse")
    - Old West Norse
    - Elfdalian (Övdalska)
    - Gothic, incl. Crimean Gothic

    Indo-European historical and comparative linguistics:
    - Phonology
    - Grammar
    - Lexicon/etymology
    - Morphonology and internal reconstruction

    Genetic kinship and classification of languages, incl. long-range comparison

    Linguistic variation:
    - Dialectology
    - Sociolinguistics

    Norse mythology

    Indo-European and other types of prehistoric culture

    Molecular anthropology (genetics)

    The applicabilty of knowledge on the history of languages to society

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