Zakaris Svabo Hansen
Head of Program, Lecturer in Faroese
Faculty of Language and Literature
Telephone +298 292533
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Teaching

Linguistics and Syntax on BA-level and Pragamtics, Syntax, and Language Acquisition on MA-level.

Latest publications

“Acquisition in Variation (and Vice Versa): V-to-T in Faroese Children”. 2013. Paper by Caroline Heycock, Antonella Sorace, Zakaris Svabo Hansen, and Frances Wilson. In: Language Acquisition. 20, 1, s. 5-22. 2013.

“Overva og overvan”. Paper in: Frá Sturlungu til West Venture. Fróðskapur, s. 117-119. 2013.

“Detecting the late stages of syntactic change: The loss of V-to-T in Faroese”. Paper by Caroline Heycock, Antonella Sorace, Zakaris Svabo Hansen, Frances Wilson, and Sten Vikner. In: Language. 88, 3, s. 558-600. 2012.

Description of research

Mostly been working within lexicography and was one of the editors on Faroese dictionary 1998. Main editor on Faroese-Danish dictionary that was published in 2010. The years 2006-2009 researcher in a project on Faroese syntax at the University of Edinburgh. Experiments run and scientific papers published in this connection.

Present projects

PhD project 

For the time being working on a PhD project that diacronically and syncronically describes syntactic and morphological changes in Faroese.  

Textbook in linguistics 

Together with others working on a textbook in linguistics for students and other interested. The book contains chapters on different linguistic topics (e.g. grammar, phonlolgy, pragmatics, semantics, purism, and sociolinguistics). 

Evolution of Semantic Systems 

Participating in a project, Evolution of Semantic Systems, that examines similarities and differences between many different languages. 

ISLEX 

Together with Jógvan í Lon Jacobsen responsible for the Faroese part of the ISLEX-project which is an Icelandic-Scandinavian online dictionary.

Finished projects

Faroese-Danish dictionary – published in 2010

Project on Faroese syntax at The University of Edinburgh 

Faroese tagger. Project together with Heini Justinussen, finished in the spring 2005

Personal data

Zakaris Svabo Hansen; born 09.05.1962

Education
  • 1995. Mag.art. in Nordic Philology at the University of Copenhagen. Thesis on Old Norse syntax

  • 1985. Exam.art.-exam at Føroyamálsdeild at the Universit of the Faroe Islands

  • 1982-1983. Year of studies in Icelandic language and literature at the University of Iceland

  • 1981. Nýmálsligt studentsprógv frá Føroya studentaskúla

Positions
  • 2009. Assistant professor at the department for Faroese language and literature

  • 2006-2009. On leave. Held a position as research fellow in a project on Faroese syntax at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland

  • April 2008. In charge of a course in Faroese held at Universität Zürich, Switzerland.

  • Autumn 2005. Teacher at a public course in Faroese held at Fróðskaparsetur Føroya.

  • Summer 2005. Organizer of and teacher at International Summer Institute at Føroyamálsdeild

  • Summer 2004. Teacher in language at International Summer Institute at Føroyamálsdeild

  • Spring 2004: Teacher at a public course in Faroese held at Fróðskaparsetur Føroya.

  • Summer 2003 & 2004. Teacher in language at Nordic Summer School in Faroese at Føroyamálsdeild

  • Oct.-Nov. 2003. Guest teacher in Faroese at the University of Växjö, Sweden.

  • Oct.-Nov. 2001. Guest teacher in Faroese at the University of Växjö, Sweden.

  • 10/2000-02/2001. Guest teacher in Faroese and Scandinavian languages at the University of Bremen, Germany.

  • 2000. Dictionary editor at Føroyamálsdeild

  • 1999-2000. Teacher at a public course in Faroese held at Fróðskaparsetur Føroya

  • Summer 1999. Teacher in Faroese at a Nordic Summer School held at the University of Uppsala, Sweden

  • 1998-2000. Dictionary editor on a Faroese Technical Dictionary

  • 1997-1998. Teacher in Faroese at Føroya Studentaskúli og HF-skeið

  • 1996-1997. Teacher in Faroese at Føroya Studentaskúli og HF-skeið

  • 1994-1997. Editor on Faroese Dictionary

  • 1992-1994. Secretary in the Faroese Language Committee

  • 1986-1991. Student assistant at The Arnamagnean Institute at the University of Copenhagen, e.g. responsible for the institute library

Talks
  • 2009. 26. March. ”Syntactic change in Faroese: the view from Kindergarten”. Talk given in Linguistic Circle, University of Edinburgh

  • 2009. 22. May. “Syntactic variation in Faroese”. Talk at LEL Postgraduate Conference, University of Edinburgh

  • 2009. 26. Aug. ”Syntactic change in Faroese”. Talk at ScanDiaSyn-conference in Älvdalen, Sweden

  • 2009. 25. Nov. ”Málpolitikkur í Norðurlondum og Føroyum”. Talk given at Norrøna felagið in the Nordic House

  • 2008. 25.-28. April. Talks and course in Faroese at Universität Zürich, Switzerland

  • 2008. aug. "Faroese dialects". Talk at ScanDiaSyn-conference in Tórshavn

  • 2007. 26. Jan. "Investigating embedded V2 and/or V-to-I in Faroese”. Talk together with Caroline Heycock and Antonella Sorace at NORMS Workshop on Verb Placement, Reykjavík

  • 2007. March. ”Faroese. An introduction”. Talk at the University of Edinburgh

  • 2007. ”Collecting and interpreting acceptability judgments using Magnitude Estimation”

  • 2007. May. Talk together with Caroline Heycock at US-Iceland NSF Workshop, Reykjavík

  • 2005. Aug. ”Nordisk sprogdeklaration”. Talk at a conference on Sign language. Tórshavn

  • 2003. May. ”Færøsk-dansk ordbog”. Talk at a conference on Lexicography in Scandinavia in Volda/Ørsta, Norway

  • 2003. Nov. ”Færøsk før, nu og i fremtiden”. Talks given at The University of Växjö 06.11.2003 and at The University of Uppsala 11.11.2003

  • 2002. 10. April. ”Føroysk rættskriving”. Guest lecture at The University of Iceland, Reykjavík

  • 2001. Jan. ”Faroese – an overview”. Guest lectures at the universities in München and Zürich

  • 2001. Feb. ”Lexicography in a small language community. Focus on Faroese”. Talk given at The University of Bremen

  • 2001. Oct. ”Standardisering i færøsk”. Talk given at a symposium in Stockholm

  • 2000. 22. June. ”Faroese in diachronic and synchronic perspective”. Talk given at The University of Bremen

  • 2000. 28. June. Talk on Faroese for mother tongue teachers in Scandinavia at Hotel Føroyar, Tórshavn

  • 2000. 22. Nov. ”Færøsk sprog i diakron og synkron belysning”. Guest lecture given at The University of Greifswald, Germany

  • 1996. 17. April. "Føroyskt skriftmál". Talk given at a public conference in the Nordic House, Tórshavn

  • 1996. 19. og 20. Oct. "Nýggjyrði í føroyskum". Talk together with Jógvan í Lon Jacobsen at a nordic conference on neologisms in Helsinki

  • 1996. 30. Nov. og 01. Dec. "Leksikografi i et lille sprogsamfund - fordele og ulemper". Talk at a Nordic conference on Lexicography in Copenhagen


Network

Faroese adviser in the ISLEX-project that is an Icelandic-Scandinavian online dictionary.

The Faroese part of the international project Evolution of Semantic Systems, Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

 

Responsibilities

  • Faroese representative in The Nordic Language Committee Málráð Norðurlanda

  • Member of the committee in Norðurlendskum felag fyri orðabókagerð