• E-mailBenedicte.Irgens@uib.no
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My field of research is within Japanese linguistics, and my PhD dissertation from 2017 was about person deixis in a contrastive perspective. Person deixis is not grammaticalized in the same way in Japanese as in English and other European languages, and in addition, nominal ellipsis is frequent in Japanese. In my dissertation, I have tried to find out whether the Japanese grammar system has any compensatory devices that serve to clarify the coding of participant roles. The entire dissertation is accessible here: http://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/17273

In 2013, I organized the 9th conference of the Nordic Association of Japanese and Korean Studies (NAJAKS) in collaboration with colleagues in the Bergen Area. 

I have appeared in Norwegian media (local and national radio and television) on several occasions as an expert on Japanese language and culture.

I work as an assistant professor of Japanese linguistics at our department, and teach Japanese language on elementary and intermediate levels. I also give lectures on topics related to Japanese society and culture, such as Meiji history, religion, gender/family and Japan in East-Asia. 

I have experience as an interpreter and translator (mainly Japanese-Norwegian) on a variety of topics.

  • Haveraaen, Magne; Irgens, Benedicte Mosby; Jansen, Alf-Inge; Krogdahl, S.; Maus, A.; Meldal, S. 1995. Norsk informatikkonferanse - NIK'95 (Oslo, 20.-22. November 1995). 318 pages. ISBN: 82-519-1409-4.
Journal articles
  • Irgens, Benedicte Mosby. 2012. Et ormebol av motsetninger. Bergens Tidende. Published 2012-10-03.
  • Irgens, Benedicte Mosby. 2010. De øst-asiatiske gigantene. Bergens Tidende. 1 pages. Published 2010-06-05.
  • Irgens, Benedicte Mosby; Hodneland, Lei Wang. 2010. Læringsplan for øst-asiatiske språk. Morgenbladet. Published 2010-09-10.
Reports and theses
  • Irgens, Benedicte Mosby. 2017. Person deixis in Japanese and English - a Contrastive Functional Analysis. Universitetet i Bergen, Universitetet i Bergen. 296 pages.
  • Irgens, Benedicte Mosby. 2017. Person Deixis in Japanese and English - a Contrastive Functional Analysis. Universitetet i Bergen, Bergen. 304 pages.
  • Irgens, Benedicte Mosby. 1992. Nihongo to noruweego ni okeru ukemi no taishoo kenkyuu. Osaka University, Faculty of Letters, Osaka University, Japan. 53 pages.
Book sections
  • Irgens, Benedicte Mosby. 2005. Utsyn:Utfordringer i tilegnelsen av japansk. kapittel 18, pages 279-282. In:
    • Grønning, Terje. 2005. Vinduer mot Japan. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. 300 pages. ISBN: 82-519-2046-9.
  • Irgens, Benedicte Mosby. 2005. Djevelens tungemål - det japanske språket i språkvitenskapelig forstand. kapittel 16, pages 255-261. In:
    • Grønning, Terje. 2005. Vinduer mot Japan. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. 300 pages. ISBN: 82-519-2046-9.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

2017: Person deixis in Japanese and English - a Contrastive Functional Analysis (PhD dissertation) http://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/17273

2010: Egen læringsplan for østasiatiske språk, innlegg i Morgenbladet.

2010: De østasiatiske gigantene, kronikk i Bergens Tidende.

2005: Two contributions in "Vinduer mot Japan".

2000: Språk og virkelighet -argumenter for en holistisk, Whorfiansk lingvistikk, i: Brodersen, Randi B. og Kinn, Torodd (red.): Språkvitskap og vitskapsteori - ti nye vitskapsteoretiske innlegg, Ariadne forlag, Larvik.

1997: Subjective or objective? A Comparison of Utterance Types in Japanese and Norwegian, in: Frellesvig, Bjarke & Starrs, Roy (eds.): Proceedings of the Fourth Nordic Symposium on Japanese and Korean Studies, Aarhus, Aarhus University Press.http://www.unipress.dk/en-gb/Item.aspx?sku=634

1995: Translation: Pros and Cons, in: Dalgård, Lis (ed.): Proceedings  of Nordic Symposium on Teaching Japanese - Methods and  Improvements, Tokai University European Center, Denmark.

1993:「日本語のテアル構文受動型とノルウェー語の非人称受身構文の対照」 (A contrastive analysis of the Japanese passive te-aru construction and the Norwegian impersonal passive construction), Nihon gakuhoo, Osaka University, Japan.

1992:「日本語とノルウェー語における受身の対照研究 」(A Contrastive Analysis of Passive in Japanese and Norwegian), Master´s Thesis, Osaka University, Japan.



学位:1992年度大阪大学現代日本語学講座修士号取得、博士課程中退 (指導教官 仁田義雄先生)、2017年度ベルゲン大学外国語学科博士号取得(指導教官 ラース・ラルム先生)

博士論文: http://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/17273