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Johan Pedersen

Johan Pedersen

Associate Professor


Associate professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen.

Head of the Spanish section at the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Languages, University of Copenhagen.

Chairman of the Kirsten Schottlænder’s Foundation board. The foundation awards grants for studies and projects within Spanish language and culture.

Editor of the international, peer reviewed journal Revue Romane (John Benjamin, Amsterdam), Spanish linguistics.


Primary fields of research

  • Contrastive linguistics - language typology

  • Corpus linguistics

  • Usage-based, constructionist approaches to grammar.

  • Organizational principles of clause structure.

  • Expressions of motion events

  • The Spanish reflexive/impersonal constructions

  • The relation between research, teaching and learning


Current research

  • The organization of Spanish clause structure in a contrastive perspective

  • Motion event constructions in a contrastive/typological perspective – in collaboration with Marie Curie postdoc. Wojciech Levandowski.



Courses - BA-level

  • Corpus linguistics, elementary course. The use of linguistic corpora. First year.

  • Spanish phonetics and phonology. First year.

  • Grammar and cognition. Second year.

  • Theory and history of the sciences. Second year.

  • Contrastive linguistics and translation. Second year.


Courses - Masters (KA) level

  • Usos y variedades del español actual.

  • Translation and contrastive culture studies.

  • Advanced corpus linguistics.



  • Spanish grammar and linguistics

  • Contrastive linguistics

  • Translation

  • Corpus linguistics

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