Centre for Languages and Literature

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Borne in 1934. Professor of general linguistics at Roskilde University (Denmark) 1972–1982), in Swedish at Lund University (Sweden) 1982–1999. President of the Swedish language Council 1987–1999.

I have been active in various fields of research, e.g. Swedish language history, Swedish grammar, Swedish as a school language, language standardisation and language politics.

I am a member of various faculty of arts academies in Sweden, Norway and Finland.


About the research

For some years I have been working on grammaticalization processes (prepositions, auxiliaries, pronouns), mostly during the early literary period. At present I am studying the birth and development of the grammatical category of conjunctions (as different from subjunctions). In two recent publications I have discussed the relation between dialects asnd standard language in early modern time and the use of Swedish as a language of science (instead of Latin) in the 18th century.


Books (9)
Editorships (4)
Articles (7)
Book chapters (26)
Conference contributions (8)
Reviews (5)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (3)
Miscellaneous (3)
Supervision at Lund University (1)

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Ulf Teleman

Professor Emeritus
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail ulf.telemannordlund.luse

Phone +46 46 222 47 24

Room SOL:H402

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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