Line Burholt Kristensen

Line Burholt Kristensen

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

  • Psycholinguistics, experimental linguistics, neurolinguistics
  • Grammar, information structure, syntax, semantics, pragmatics
  • Corpus-linguistic studies of naturally occuring grammar

Current research

I lead the research group "Broken Grammar & Beyond", financed by Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project combines the psycho- and neurolinguistic experiments with grammar research and studies of Danish as a foreign language.

In the research group we compare grammatical anomalies in texts from writers with Danish as a mother tongue with texts from writers that have Danish as a foreign language (students at language schools). We investigate the types and frequencies of grammatical anomalies that occur in these two groups.

We investigate how language users react to grammatical anomalies, measuring reading times and text comprehension. We will also investigate the neural underpinnings of these processes using neuroimaging techniques.


I am also PI of the research project "Vulnerability and related notions - an investigation of language to and about individuals with diabetes" with co-PI associate professor Christina Fogtmann Fosgerau and research assistant Katrine Ursbak-Bamberg. The project is financed by Steno Diabetes Center Sjælland. 

Other research activities
- What is grammar? From 2013-2017 I was a postdoc at the ProGram project led by associate professor Kasper Boye, University of Copenhagen. The project investigated how the brain processes grammar. I carried out reading and listening experiments and did neuroimaging studies (fMRI).
- How are sentences processed? In my PhD thesis "Context, you need" from 2013, I investigated how information structure and sentence context affect sentence processing as well as the interaction between them.


I teach at the BA and MA level of Linguistics. I have also previously taught courses at Audiologopedics, Danish and IT & Cognition.

I supervise students on a range of topics e.g. involving experimental linguistics and corpuslinguistics.  Please contact me if you would like a list a topic suggestions for e.g. your bachelor project or master thesis. 

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