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About me

About me

I hold a PhD in general and Scandinavian linguistics, with a specialization in historical and variationist linguistics. My research is to be situated within comparative Germanic linguistics with a particular focus on semantic and syntactic change and variation in modal markers and non-canonical subordinate constructions. My current research project is accommodated within the «Variation and Change in the Scandinavian Verb Phrase» project, and focusses on diachronic change and synchronic variation in Scandinavian benefactive constructions.         

The project builds on the assumption that synchronic variation can only be understood with reference to diachronic developments and aims to fill gaps in our knowledge of syntactic change, diachronic microvariation and unsolved theoretical issues for benefactive constructions in earlier modern times. The main goal of the proposed research is to establish a chronological typology of benefactive constructions in the Scandinavian languages and to identify their changing semantic and structural correlates through time.

Academic interests

  • Nordic languages
  • Historical linguistics
  • Grammaticalization
  • Insubordination
  • Syntax


  • 2019-    : Postdoctoral Fellow on the project Variation and Change in the Scandinavian Verb Phrase, Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo.
  • 2013-2018: Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO) on the project Semi-insubordination in Dutch and Norwegian: Grammatical, semantic and discursive properties, University of Antwerp.
  • 2008-2012: PhD in linguistics, Center for Language and Cognition Groningen, University of Groningen.
    • Doctoral dissertation: "Expressions of epistemic modality in Mainland Scandinavian. A study into the lexicalization-grammaticalization-pragmaticalization interface."

Selected publications


Beijering, Karin, Gunther Kaltenböck & María Sol Sansiñena. to appear. Insubordination: central issues and open questions. In: Beijering, Karin, Gunther Kaltenböck & María Sol Sansiñena (eds.) Insubordination: theoretical and empirical issues [Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs series]. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Beijering, Karin. 2017. Grammaticalization and (inter)subjectification: The case of the Swedish modals and måtte. In: van Olmen, Daniel, Hubert Cuyckens & Lobke Ghesquière (eds.) Aspect of grammaticalization: (Inter)Subjectification and Directionality [Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 305]. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 47-80.

Beijering, Karin. 2015. The lexicalization-grammaticalization-pragmaticalization interface: The case of Mainland Scandinavian jeg tror. In: Smith, Andrew D.M., Graeme Trousdale & Richard Waltereit (eds.) New Directions in Grammaticalization Research [Studies in Language Companion Series 166]. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 67-92.

Norde, Muriel & Karin Beijering. 2014. Facing interfaces. A clustering approach to grammaticalization and related changes. Folia Linguistica 48:2, 385-424.

Beijering, Karin. 2011. Semantic change and grammaticalization: The development of modal and postmodal meanings in Mainland Scandinavian , måtte and måste. Nordic Journal of Linguistics 34:2, 105–132.


Book reviews

Beijering, Karin. 2018. Nicholas Evans & Honoré Watanabe: Insubordination. Cognitive Linguistics 29:2, 349-361.

Beijering, Karin. 2016. Heiko Narrog: Modality, subjectivity, and semantic change: a cross-linguistic perspective. Studies in Language 40:3, 713-721.

Tags: Linguistics, Historical linguistics, Syntax, Semantics, Nordic language, Dutch
Published Jan. 11, 2019 2:50 PM - Last modified Sep. 27, 2019 11:17 AM

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