5. CV (English)

DOB:                January 15, 1946;                   Citizenship: Icelandic;         e-mail:             hoski@hi.is;

 

University Education:

1979  PhD in linguistics, Harvard University

1976  MA in linguistics, Harvard University

1974  MA in Icelandic linguistics, University of Iceland

1972  Zwischenprüfung in linguistics, Christian Albrechts Universität, Kiel

1969  BA in Icelandic and history, University of Iceland

 

University appointments:

Professor of Modern Icelandic Linguistics at the Univ. of Iceland from 1980 (on leave 1991–1995)

Visiting professor Department of Linguistics, Harvard University, 1991–1995

Visiting teacher: University of the Faroe Islands, Tórshavn, September 2002; LSA Summer Institute, Cornell University, June–July 1997; LOT Winter School in linguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, January 1997; 6th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information, Copenhagen, August 1994

Visting scholar: Department of Linguistics, UCSD, San Diego, fall 2012; Department of Linguistics, UCLA, Los Angeles, spring 2008; Department of Scandinavian, University College London, fall 1999; Department of Linguistics, MIT, Cambridge, MA, fall 1995; Department of Linguistics, Harvard University, fall 1987; Department of Linguistics, UC Santa Cruz, spring and summer 1984

External examiner in Faroese, University of the Faroe Islands, since 1999

Research assistant and instructor: Nordic Institute, Chr. Albrechts Universität, Kiel, 1970–1972

 

Academic administration:

  • Director/Chair of Institute of Linguistics, University of Icland, 1981–1983, 1986–1987, 2010–
  • Chair, Centre for the Humanities, University of Iceland 2005–2008; board member since 2010
  • Vice-Dean, Faculty of Humanities Univ. of Iceland, 2004–2006, 1985–1987, 1981–1983
  • Dean , Faculty of Philosophy, University of Iceland, 1983–1985
  • Board Member for CASTL (Center for Excellence for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics, Tromsø, Norway) 2003–2008
  • Board member, Nordic Association of Linguists 1980–1985, 2005–2010
  • Board member (styrelsemedlem) of the Nordic research network ScanDiaSyn (Scandinavian Dialect Syntax) 2005–2010
  • Board member of the Nordic research network NORMS (Nordic Center of Excellence in Microcomparative Syntax) 2005–2010
  • Board member of the Nordic research network NLVN (Nordic Language Variation Network) 2006–2009

 

Other professional administration (a selection):

  • Board of administrators for Mosfellsbær High School (gymnasium) 2013–
  • Member of the governing board for NIFIN (Nordic Institute in Finland, Helsingfors), 1997–2000, Chair 1999–2000
  • Chair, governmental committee on curriculum development for Icelandic in the schools 1997–1998

 

Editorial experience:

  • Editor of Íslenskt mál (a linguistic journal) 1980–1983, 1996–
  • Co-editor of Chomsky – Mál, sál og samfélag [Chomsky – Language, mind and society]. Centre for the Humanities and University Press, Reykjavík, 2013
  • Main editor of Tilbrigði í setningagerð  [Variation in syntax], Institute of Linguistics, Reykjavík (vol. I appeared 2013, vols. II–III to appear 2013–2014)
  • Co-editor of Linguistic Studies, Historical and Comparative, Institute of Linguistics, Reykjavík, 2002
  • Co-editor of Minimal Ideas, Benjamins, Amsterdam, 1996
  • Co-editor of Studies in Comparative Germanic Syntax II, Kluwer, Dordrecht, 1996
  • Co-editor of Harvard Working Papers in Linguistics 1992–1995

 

Editorial boards (different times): The Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics (Kluwer); Syntax (Blackwell); Studies in Germanic Linguistics (series, Ohio State University Press), Linguistics Today (series, Benjamins); Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (Kluwer)

 

Reviewer

  • for various linguistic journals in Iceland, Europe and North America in addition to those already mentioned, e.g. Linguistic Inquiry, Journal of Linguistics, Aphasiology, Nordic Journal of Linguistics, Ritið, Orð og tunga
  • for international linguistic conferences, e.g. BU Conference on Language Development, NELS (North-Eastern Linguistics Society), Diachronic Generative Syntax, Germanic Syntax Workshop, Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics, GLOW (Generative Linguists of the Old World)
  • for Icelandic, European and American research funds, e.g. NSF (USA), ESF (Europe), HERA (Europe), NOS-H (Scandinavia), The Icelandic Research Fund, Research Fund of the University of Iceland, Eimskip University Fund

 

Main research interests:

Syntax (especially Icelandic, Faroese, Scandinavian, Germanic); Icelandic dialects and phonology; Variation and linguistic change; Comparative Scandinavian; Heritage languages (especially in North America); Linguistics in the schools; Agrammatism

 

Principal investigator (grants from the Icelandic Research Fund (IRF) unless otherwise indicated):

  • 2013–2016:   Heritage language, linguistic change and cultural identity
  • 2012–2014:   Detailed comparison of real time dialectal data in phonology [University Research Fund]
  • 2010–2013:   Linguistic change in real time in Icelandic phonology and syntax
  • 2010–2011:    Phonological change in the span of 70 years [National Anniversary Fund]
  • 2008–2009:  Variation in Faroese syntax
  • 2005–2007Variation in Icelandic syntax [IRF Grant of Excellence]
  • 2004–2011:   Digitalization and adaptation of dialect material [University Research Fund]
  • 2004:              Variation in syntax: Methods of elicitation (a pilot study)
  • 1996–1998:   Comparison of Insular Scandinavian (Icelandic and Faroese)

 

Awards:

  • The Ása Guðmundsdóttir Wright Award 2009 (a prestigious scholarly award given to one Icelandic academic each year)
  • The University President’s Award for scientific achievement 2008
  • Nominated for the Icelandic Literature Prize (scholarly literature) for Setningar – Handbók um setningafræði [Syntax – a handbook] 2005
  • Nominated for the Icelandic Literature Prize (scholarly literature) for Handbók um málfræði [A handbook on linguistics] 1995

 

Selected publications (for a more complete list see Ritaskrá)

 Published books

2012     Faroese: An Overview and Reference Grammar. [Co-authors Hjalmar P. Petersen, Jógvan í Lon Jacobsen, Zakaris Svabo Hansen.] Second edition [first edition 2004]. Faroese University Press, Tórshavn, and Institute of Linguistic, Reykjavík.

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2009     Íslensk setningafræði. [Icelandic Syntax – a textbook for university students.] 7th edition. Institute of Linguistics, University of Iceland, Reykjavík.

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2007     The Syntax of Icelandic. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. [Paperback 2010.]

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2005     Setningar. Handbók um setningafræði. [Syntax. A handbook.] Editor and main author. Co-authors Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson, Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson, Sigríður Magnúsdóttir, Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir, Þórunn Blöndal.] Almenna bókafélagið, Reykjavík.

IslenskTungaSafnid

1998     Mályrkja III. [A textbook for schools. Co-author Silja Aðalsteinsdóttir.] Námsgagnastofnun, Reykjavík.

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1995     Handbók um málfræði. [A handbook on linguistics.] Námsgagnastofnun, Reykjavík.

handbok um malfraeði

1993     Handbók um íslenskan framburð. [Handbook on Icelandic phonetics. Co-author Indriði Gíslason.] Rannsóknastofnun Kennaraháskóla Íslands, Reykjavík.

HandbokUmIslFramburd

1979     On Complementation in Icelandic. Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics. Garland, New York.

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 Edited books

2013  Chomsky – Mál, sál og samfélag. [Chomsky – Language, Mind and Society.] Editor. [Co-editor Matthew Whelpton.] Hugvísindastofnun og Háskólaútgáfan, Reykjavík.

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2013 Tilbrigði í setningagerð  [Variation in syntax]. Main editor [Co-editors Ásgrímur Angantýsson, Einar Freyr Sigurðsson.] M’alvísindastofnun Háskóla Íslands, Reykjavík.

Tilbrigdabok I Minni

2002 Linguistic Studies, Historical and Comparative, by Hreinn Benediktsson. Editor. [Co-editors Guðrún Þórhallsdóttir, Jón G. Friðjónsson, Kjartan Ottosson.] Málvísindastofnun Háskóla Íslands, Reykjavík.

1996. Minimal Ideas. Editor. [Co-editors Werner Abraham, Samuel D. Epstein C. Jan-Wouter Zwart.]  Benjamins, Amsterdam.

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1996 Studies in Comparative Germanic Syntax II. Editor. [Co-editors Samuel D. Epstein, Steve Peter.] Kluwer, Dordrecht.

StudiesInComparativeGermanicSyntax

1992–1995 Harvard Working Papers in Linguistics. Editor. [Co-editors Samuel David Epstein, Mark Hale, Susumu Kuno.]

 

Selected papers

2013     Málfræðibylting Chomskys [Chomsky’s linguistic revolution.] In Höskuldur Thráinsson and Matthew Whelpton (eds.): Chomsky – mál, sál og samfélag, pp. 47-69. Centre for the Humanities and the University Press, Reykjavík.

2013     Full NP Object Shift: the Old Norse Puzzle and the Faroese Puzzle Revisited. Nordic Journal of Linguistics 36,2:153–186.

2013     Markmið. [Goals. Co-authors Ásta Svavarsdóttir, Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson, Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson, Þórunn Blöndal.] In Höskuldur Þráinsson, Ásgrímur Angantýsson and Einar Freyr Sigurðsson (editors): Tilbrigði í íslenskri setningagerð I, pp.11–17.

2013     Efnissöfnun og aðferðafræði [Data elicitation and methodology. Co-authors Ásgrímur Angantýsson, Einar Freyr Sigurðsson, Sigrún Steingrímsdóttir and Þórhallur Eyþórsson.] In Höskuldur Þráinsson, Ásgrímur Angantýsson and Einar Freyr Sigurðsson (editors): Tilbrigði í íslenskri setningagerð I, pp. 19–68.

2013     Ideal Speakers and Other Speakers. The Case of Dative and Other Cases. In Beatriz Fernández and Ricardo Etxepare (eds.): Variation in Datives: A Micro-Comparative Perspective, pp. 161–188. Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

2010     Predictable and Unpredictable Sources of Variable Verb and Adverb Placement in Scandinavian. Lingua 120:1062–1088.

2009     Looking for Parametric Correlations within Faroese. Nordlyd 36,2:1–24.

2007     The Icelandic (Pilot) Project in ScanDiaSyn. Nordlyd 34,1: 87-124. Special Issue on Scandinavian Dialect Syntax 2005. [Co-authors Ásgrímur Angantýsson, Ásta Svavarsdóttir, Þórhallur Eyþórsson og Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson.]

2006     Regional Variation in Icelandic Syntax? [Co-author Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir.] Torben Arboe (ed.): Nordisk dialektologi og sociolingvistik, pp. 344–352. Peter Skautrup centret for jysk dialektforskning, Aarhus universitet, Århus.

2006     Case and Grammatical Functions: The Icelandic Passive. [Co-authors Annie Zaenen and Joan Maling.] Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King (eds.): Lexical Semantics in LFG, pp. 163–207. CSLI Publications, Stanford, CA. [Reprint of a paper originally published 1985.]

2003     Fonologiske dialekttræk på Island. Generationer og geografiske områder. [Co-author Kristján Árnason.] Gunnstein Akselberg, Anne Marit Bødal and Helge Sandøy (eds.): Nordisk dialektologi, pp. 151–196. Novus, Oslo.

2003     Syntactic Variation, Historical Development, and Minimalism. Randall Hendrick (ed.): Minimalist Syntax, pp. 152–191. Blackwell, Oxford.

2001     Object Shift and Scrambling. In Mark Baltin and Chris Collins (eds.): The Handbook of Contemporary Syntactic Theory, pp. 141–202. Blackwell, Oxford.

2001     Syntactic Theory for Faroese and Faroese for Syntactic Theory. An example of a Symbiotic Relationship. Kurt Braunmüller and Jógvan í Lon Jacobsen (eds.): Moderne lingvistiske teorier og færøsk, pp. 89–124. Novus, Oslo.

1998a   Two Heads Aren’t Always Better than One. [Co-author Jonathan Bobaljik.] Syntax 1:37–71.

1998b   Infinitival Complements in Some Old and Modern Germanic Languages. John-Ole Askedal (ed.):Historische germanische und deutsche Syntax. Akten des internationalen Symposiums anläßlich des 100. Geburtstages von Ingerid Dal, pp. 335–363. Peter Lang, Bern.

 

Recent presentations:

 September 20, 2013: North American Icelandic – Some Elicitation Methods. 4th Annual Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas. University of Iceland.

August 25, 2013: Tilbrigði í færeyskri og íslenskri setningagerð. [Variation in Faroese and Icelandic Syntax.] The Faroese-Icelandic conference Frændafundur, University of the Faroe Islands.

May 14, 2013: Testing an “Apparent Time Prediction” in Real Time. 25th Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics, University of Iceland.

March 16,  2013:  Tilbrigði í íslensku hljóðkerfi og setningagerð og málbreytingar í rauntíma. [Variation in Icelandic phonology and syntax and linguistic change in real time.] Humanities Congress, University of Iceland.

October 15, 2012:  How Do Languages Change? Presentation in Linguistic Colloquium, University of San Diego.

September 6, 2012: How Do Languages Change? Invited talk, Lund University.

August 14, 2012: On Quantity and Quality in Variation Studies. Invited talk, N’CLAV Grand Meeting, Oslo University.

April 23, 2012: How Do Languages Change? Invited talk, Boston University.

April 20, 2012: When is Orthography Optimal? Invited talk, Boston University.

March 22, 2012: Object Shift in (older) Icelandic and Faroese: What does it Tell Us? International Workshop on Object Shift, University of Gothenburg.

March 25. 2011: Málbeytingar í sýndartíma og rauntíma [Linguistic change in real time and apparent time]. Humanities Congress, University of Iceland.

February 25, 2011: Icelandic A, B, C, D …? Or: How Long is the Icelandic Alphabet? Presentation at DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft), University of Göttingen.

December 11. desember 2010: How Can V2 Vary? NORMS-workshop: The Nature, Triggers and Effects of Verb Movement. University of Amsterdam.

October 8, 2010: The Icelandic Cariation Projects RÍN, IceDiaSyn, FarDiaSyn & RAUN: An Overview and Some Sociolinguistic results. Presentation at Nordic Language Variation: Grammatical, Sociolinguistic and Infrastructural Perspectives, University of Iceland.

 August 23, 2010: Tilbrigði í færeyskri setningagerð – yfirlit. [Variation in Faroese syntax.] Presentation at a workshop on variation in Faroese. University of Iceland.

June 23, 2010: Ideal Speakers and Other Speakers. Invited talk at Edisyn 4, Donosta/San Sebastian.

March 6, 2010: Innri og ytri breytileiki í fallmörkun. [Intra-speaker variation and inter-speaker variation in case marking.] Humanities Congress, University of Iceland.