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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Name: Torben  Thrane
Institution: Aarhus University
Email: click here to access email
Homepage: http://www.sprog.asb.dk/tt
State and/or Country: NA
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Philosophy of Language
Cognitive Science
Selected Publications: 1980. Referential-semantic analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
1983. On the universality of AUX. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia 18:154-200.
1992a. The Fallacy of Descriptivism. In Topics in Semantic Interpretation, eds. Steffen Leo Hansen and Finn Sørensen, 103-148. Copenhagen: Samfundslitteratur.
1992b. The Computations of Text Comprehension. Paper presented at 3rd Nordic Conference on Text Comprehension in Man and Machine, University of Linköping.
1992c. Dynamic Text Comprehension. In Computational Approaches to Text Understanding, ed. Steen Jansen, 173-190. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum.
1994. NP-Structure and Computation. In Noun Phrase Structures, ed. Michael Herslund, 13-46. Copenhagen: Samfundslitteratur.
1997. Understanding semantics. In Sounds, Structures and Senses: Essays presented to Niels Davidsen-Nielsen on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday, eds. Carl Bache and Alex Klinge, 235- 250. Odense: Odense University Press.
1998. Nominaler, nominaliseringer og semantisk kompleksitet. Hermes 21:39-66.
1999. Forklaringstyper i lingvistikken. In Funktionelle fodnoter. Formel sprogteori: Nogle udfordringer til den funktionelle tilgang, ed. Peter Harder, 1-26. Copenhagen: Københavns Universitet.
2002. Gradsudtryk. Paper presented at Møde om udforskningen af dansk sprog, 9, Aarhus Universitet.
2003. Breakstructures. Journal of Linguistics 39:327-372.
fc-a. Representing Interpreters' Knowledge: Why, What, and How? In Knowledge Systems in Text and Translation, eds. Helle Dam, Jan Engberg and Heidrun Gerzymisch-Arbogast. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
fc-b. Hvorfor er sproget så let at forstå når det er så svært at forstå? Tidsskrift for Sprogvidenskab 3.
Announced on LINGUIST :  Referential-Semantic Analysis
Courses Taught: English Grammar
Academic Paper Abstract: Breakstructures

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