PhD Research School in Linguistics and Philology

Gard Buen Jenset

A Corpus-based Study on the Evolution of There: Statistical analysis and Cognitive interpretation

Initial project description:

"My doctoral project is an empirical study of English presentational constructions, particularly the so-called existential-“there” construction. By gathering and analyzing data from Old English and onwards until Present English, I intend to present a coherent view of how this much-disputed construction has evolved, and, through the application of cognitive-functional theory, to explain why the motivations for the construction cannot be described in terms of an arbitrary “insertion” mechanism."

Buen Jenset successfully defended his thesis on 28 August 2010.