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Jan Terje Faarlund

Jan Terje Faarlund (born 3 May 1943) is a Norwegian linguist and professor emeritus of North Germanic languages at the University of Oslo.[1][2]


Jan Terje Faarlund
Born3 May 1943
Scientific career
FieldsNorth Germanic languages
InstitutionsNorwegian University of Science and Technology
University of Oslo


Faarlund was born in Østre Toten. His academic career began with his magister dissertation Preposisjonsuttrykkenes syntaks i moderne norsk (Prepositional Phrase Syntax in Modern Norwegian, 1974)[1] and he has also done substantial work on grammatical issues in Norwegian. One of his most extensive works is as a coauthor of Norsk referansegrammatikk (Norwegian Reference Grammar, 1997).[1]

Faarlund previously worked as a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. After two previous marriages, he was married to the social anthropologist Marianne Gullestad (1946–2008).[1][3]

Memberships and honoursEdit

He was elected as a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters in 1983 and as a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 1996. He has also been a member of the London Philological Society since 1977.[1]

In 2013 he was awarded the Gad Rausing Prize for Outstanding Research in the Humanities by the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.[2]

Selected worksEdit

  • Syntactic Change. Towards a Theory of Historical Syntax (1990)
  • (with Svein Lie and Kjell Ivar Vannebo) Norsk referansegrammatikk (Norwegian Reference Grammar, 1997)
  • Grammatical Relations in Change (2001)
  • The Syntax of Old Norse (2004)
  • Revolusjon i lingvistikken: Noam Chomskys språkteori (Revolution in Linguistics: Noam Chomsky's Language Theory, 2005)
  • "Parameterization and Change in Non-Finite Complementation" (2007)
  • English: The Language of the Vikings (with Joseph Embley Emonds), Olomouc Modern Language Monographs (2014)


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jan Terje Faarlund". Norsk biografisk leksikon.
  2. ^ a b Jan Terje Faarlund får svensk prestisjepris. Uniforum. (in Norwegian)
  3. ^ Norsk biografisk leksikon: Marianne Gullestad (in Norwegian)

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