Ken Ramshøj Christensen

Associate professor, PhD.

School of Communication and Culture (SCC)
Department of English, Aarhus University
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, DK-8000 Aarhus C


Contact:
Email: krc@dac.au.dk
Office: Building 1481, Room 332
Phone: (+45) 871 62567

Office hour: Thursdays, 11:00-12:00

Research interests Curriculum Vitae Papers    Teaching   

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Curriculum Vitae:

2001: MA (Diss. title: Language Impairment, Neurology and Linguistic Theory), Dept. of Linguistics, University of Aarhus.
[See the Papers section]
 
2005: PhD (Diss. title: Interfaces: Negation - Syntax - Brain), Dept. of Language, Literature, and Culture, Aarhus University.
[See the Papers section]
 
2006: Awarded a PhD prize for "promising, young researchers" from Aarhus University Research Fund (AUFF).
[More info (in Danish) in the press release and in Campus (page 6)]
 
2007: Post doc (Project title: The Bones of Cognition), CFIN & Dept. of Language, Literature, and Culture, Aarhus University.
[Project description]
 
2010: Associate professor.
MINDLab, Aarhus University.
 
2014: Associate professor.
Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University.

 

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Papers:

Christensen, K.R. (2016) The Dead Ends of Language: The (mis)interpretation of a Grammatical Illusion. In Let Us Have Articles Betwixt Us – Papers in Historical and Comparative Linguistics in Honour of Johanna L. Wood, edited by Sten Vikner, Henrik JŅrgensen, and Elly Van Gelderen, 129–60. Aarhus: Dept. of English, School of Communication & Culture, Aarhus University.

Kizach, J., Christensen, K.R. & Weed, E. (2015) A Verbal Illusion: Now in Three Languages. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, DOI 10.1007/s10936-015-9370-6.

Nyvad, A.M., Kizach, J., & Christensen, K.R. (2014) (Non-)Arguments in Long-Distance Extraction. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, DOI 10.1007/s10936-014-9300-z.

Christensen, K.R., & Nyvad, A.M. (2014) On the nature of escapable relative islands. Nordic Journal of Linguistics, 37.1, 29-45.

Nyvad, A.M., Christensen, K.R., & Vikner, S. (2014) The Left Periphery and Agrammatism: Wh-extractions in Danish. In Aboh, E.O., Guasti, M.T., & Roberts, I. (eds.), Locality, pp. 254-273. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kizach, J., Nyvad, A.M., & Christensen, K.R. (2013) Structure before Meaning: Sentence Processing, Plausibility, and Subcategorization. PLoS ONE, 8.10: e76326.

Christensen, K.R. (2013) The Good, the Bad, the Ugly - and the really Weird. The Dolphin Newsletter, March 2, 2013. Aarhus University.

Kizach, J., & Christensen, K.R. (2013) Ikonicitet og rækkefølge i dansk. In Hansen, I.S., & Widell, P. (eds.), 13. Møde om Udforskningen af Dansk Sprog (MUDS), Nordic Department, Aarhus University.

Christensen, K.R., Kizach, J., & Nyvad, A.M. (2013) Escape from the island. Grammaticality and (reduced) acceptability of wh-island violations in Danish. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 42.1, 51-70.

Christensen, K.R., Kizach, J., & Nyvad, A.M. (2013) The processing of syntactic islands - an fMRI study. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 26.2, 239-251.

Christensen, K.R., Kizach, J., & Nyvad, A.M. (2012) Erratum to: Escape from the island. Grammaticality and (reduced) acceptability of wh-island violations in Danish. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 41.6, 487.

Christensen, K.R., & Wallentin, M. (2011) The locative alternation: Distinguishing linguistic processing cost from error signals in Broca's region. NeuroImage, 56.3, 1622-1631.

Christensen, K.R. (2011) Flere folk har været i Paris end jeg har. In Hansen, I.S., & Widell, P. (eds.), 13. Møde om Udforskningen af Dansk Sprog (MUDS), Nordic Department, Aarhus University.

Christensen, K.R. (2010) Syntactic reconstruction and reanalysis, semantic dead ends, and prefrontal cortex. Brain and Cognition, 73.1, 41-50.

Christensen, K.R. (2009) Hjernebark og syntaktiske træer. In Christensen, K.R. (ed.), Tidsskrift for Sprogforskning 7. (Special issue on Language and Cognition).

Christensen, K.R. (2009) Forord til Cognition/Kognition. In Christensen, K.R. (ed.), Tidsskrift for Sprogforskning 7. (Special issue on Language and Cognition).

Christensen, K.R., & Vikner, S. (2009) Sprog og evolution. In Kjærgaard, P.C. (ed.), evolution.dk.

Christensen, K.R. (2009) Negative and affirmative sentences increase activation in different areas in the Brain. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 22, 1-17.

Christensen, K.R. (2008) NEG-shift, Licensing, and Repair Strategies. Studia Linguistica, 62.2, 182-223.

Christensen, K.R. (2008) Interfaces, syntactic movement, and neural activation: A new perspective on the implementation of language in the brain. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 21.2, 73-103.

Christensen, K.R. (2007) The Infinitive Marker across Scandinavian. NordLyd, 34, 147-165.

Christensen, K.R. (2005) Interfaces: Negation - Syntax - Brain. Unpublished PhD dissertation, Aarhus University, Denmark. [Dansk resumé]

Christensen, K.R. (2005) Sætningsnegation og negative objekter. Et korpusstudie., in Widell, P., & Kunøe, M. (eds.), 10. Møde om Udforskningen af Dansk Sprog (MUDS), Nordic Department, Aarhus University.

Christensen, K.R. (2003) On the Synchronic and Diachronic Status of the Negative Adverbial ikke/not. Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax (WPSS), 72, 1-53.

Christensen, K.R. (2003) Review: Poole, Geoffrey (2002) Syntactic Theory, New York: Palgrave. English Studies.

Christensen, K.R. (2001) The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain: A Review of Two Contrastive Views (Pinker & Deacon). Grazer Linguistische Studien (GLS) 55, 1-20.

Christensen, K.R. (2001) Language Impairment, Neurology and Linguistic Theory. Unpublished MA thesis, Aarhus University. [Dansk resumé]

 

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Teaching:

Evaluating Evidence [EE] - Science and Critical Thinking

For details, see the AU course catalouge

Language and Cognition [LC]

For details, see the AU course catalouge

Language Data and Linguistic Theory [LDLT]

For details, see the AU course catalouge

Neurolinguistics - Language and the Brain [NL]

For details, see the AU course catalouge

Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics

For details, see the AU course catalouge

Here is some additional helpful extra material for the intro course in GB syntax.

  • Summary handout ("Everything in 12 pages")
  • Constituency tests

  • How to draw syntactic trees:

  • Extra Syntax Exercises (with answers) - **Under revision**
    • xx1-AS -- The structure of NP, DP, PP, AdjP, and AdvP. Complements and Adjuncts. (March 2016)
    • xx2-AS -- The Structure of IP and CP. Clause types. Complements and Adjuncts. Subject and Object. Vº-to-Iº movement. (March 2016)
    • xx3-AS -- The Structure of IP and CP. Complements and Adjuncts. Subject and Object. Vº-to-Iº and Iº-to-Cº movement. (April 2016)
    • xx4-AS -- Coordination. Head Movement: Vº-to-Iº and Iº-to-Cº. XP-movement: Wh-movement. (April 2016)
    • xx5 -- Coordination. Head Movement: Vº-to-Iº and Iº-to-Cº. XP-movement: Wh-movement, Passivisation, and Raising
    • xx6 -- Main, embedded, matrix clause. Subject, object, subject/object predicative.

    • xxX -- The X-files - structures NOT covered in the intro course: Particles, Double Objects, "Let", Imperatives, Proper names, Swearing, and Adverb-Modal Order.

 

 

 

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Last updated 2016-04-22.