Modern Turkish Linguistics
History of the Turkic Languages
The Turkish Language Reform
Modern Turkish Literature
- Spoken Turkish in the 18th and 19 centuries: The focus of this project is "Turkish Transcription Texts" (pdf) and especially a so-called Karmanlidic codex in Turkish with Greek letters from the end of the 18th century. The codex is handwritten and belongs to a collection of books from Sumela Monastery close to Trabzon, but is now in the National Library in Ankara.
- The Brill Encyclopedia of Turkic Languages and Linguistics, where I am in charge of the articles dealing with Anatolan dialectology.
- The project "A Turkish delegate at the Norwegian-Swedish Orientalist congress in 1889" (pdf) looks into the travelogue Avrupa'da bir Cevelan (Istanbul 1890) by the Turkish writer Ahmed Midhat (1844–1912) which contains interesting impressions from Stockholm, Uppsala, and Christiania. This project is now finished, see bibliography below.
Higher education and employment history
Study of Greek and Latin at Oslo University 1968-1973; Turkish studies at Istanbul University 1974–1976 and at Oslo University 1976-1977. Master in Turkic Linguistics at Oslo University 1977. Research scholar at Oslo University 1977–1981; amanuensis 1982, førsteamanuensis 1989, professor 2002. Studies in Cairo and Chicago, besides Turkey.
- Istanbul University's Award for Superior Service to Turcology 1985
- The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' medal for superior merits within Turkish studies, 2010
- Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
- Member of the executive board of The Institute for Comparative Research n Human Culture
- Professor for one term at Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-University Frankfurt 1991
- Professor for one year at Johann Gutenberg University Mainz 2001/2002
Turcological research groups especially in Uppsala, Mainz, and Cyprus.