Helge Lødrup


Photo: Marianne Hobæk Haff 2014


I am a professor of general linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oslo. My field of research is the syntax of Norwegian and related languages within generative grammar, especially Lexical Functional Grammar.

I have published on various topics, including reflexives, body part nouns, possessive expressions, surface anaphora, clausal complementation, complex predicates, and pseudocoordination.




Contact information: 


Address: University of Oslo

Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies,

Po.Box 1102 Blindern, N-0317 Oslo, NORWAY

Office: Henrik Wergeland Building, room 529

Phone: +47 22 85 48 31

E-mail: helge.lodrup ÆT ilf.uio.no

My departmental web page



Quote of the day:


A ridiculous statement can be turned into powerful wisdom by adding a good-looking reference (Bourdieu 1977).



Some manuscripts and publications:


Look me up in Google Scholar here.

Look me up in the Cristin research database here.

Some older stuff - including some downloadable papers - can be found here.

Please mail me if you want me to send you something I have written: helge.lodrup ÆT ilf.uio.no


· With Raj Singh and Ida Toivonen: Distributive possessors in Swedish and Norwegian: Binding, agreement, and quantification (forthcoming).

· Pseudocoordination with posture verbs in Mainland Scandinavian - a grammaticalized progressive construction? Nordic Journal of Linguistics 42, 1, 2019, 87–110.

· Kan vi la være å restrukturere la være? Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift 37, 1, 2019, 59-76. Download

· The accusative external possessor with Norwegian unergatives. Argumentum 15, 2019. (TOPIC NUM) = 60. Special issue in honour of Tibor Laczkó on the occasion of his 60th birthday. 561-74. Download.

· Prominent internal possessors and backward possessor raising: Norwegian ryggen på ham 'the back on him'. In Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King (eds.) Proceedings of the LFG18 Conference. 248-67. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications. Download.

· Norwegian pseudocoordination with the verb drive 'carry on': Control, raising, grammaticalization. In Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King (eds.) Proceedings of the LFG17 Conference. 264-84. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications. Download.

· Reflexive sentences with la 'let' in Norwegian – active or passive? In Victoria Rosén and Koenraad De Smedt (eds.) The Very Model of a Modern Linguist: In Honor of Helge Dyvik. BeLLS Vol. 8, 2017, 167-82. Download.

· Verbal present participles in Norwegian: Controlled complements or parts of complex predicates. In Doug Arnold, Miriam Butt, Berthold Crysmann, Tracy Holloway-King, Stefan Müller (eds.): Proceedings of the Joint 2016 Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and Lexical Functional Grammar. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications 2016. 359–379. Download

· "Dekanus er i sentrum og sjekker larynks": Lærde substantiver med definitt tolking i norsk.  Maal og Minne 2, 2016, 31-50. Download

· With Marianne Hobæk Haff:  Où en est le «passif long» en français? Syntaxe et sémantique 17, 2016, 153-73. (Presses universitaires de Caen). View

· How can a verb agree with a verb? Reanalysis and pseudocoordination in Norwegian. In Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King (eds.), Proceedings of the LFG14 Conference. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications, 367-86. Download.

· With Janne Bondi Johannessen and Marit Julien: Preposisjoner og eierskapsrelasjoner: et menneskesentrert hierarki. In Janne Bondi Johannessen and Kristin Hagen (eds.) Språk i Norge og nabolanda: Ny forskning om talespråk, 65-98. Oslo: Novus 2014.

· Long passives in Norwegian: Evidence for complex predicates. Nordic Journal of Linguistics  37, 3, 2014, 367-391.

· Split possession and the syntax of kinship nouns in Norwegian. Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics, 17, 2014, 35–57.

· There is no reanalysis in Norwegian pseudocoordinations (except when there is). In Hans Petter Helland and Christine Meklenborg Salvesen (éds.) Affaire(s) de grammaire: Mélanges offerts à Marianne Hobæk Haff à l'occasion de ses soixante-cinq ans, 43-65. Oslo: Novus 2014.

· With Marit Julien: Dobbel passiv og beslektede konstruksjoner i skandinavisk. Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift 31, 2, 2013, 221-46. Download.

· With Marianne Hobæk Haff: Another overt surface anaphor: Norwegian 'and that'. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, 257-71. Download.

· In search of a nominal COMP. In Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King (eds.) Proceedings of the LFG12 Conference, Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications, 383-403. Download PDF-file.

· Forholdet mellom prenominale og postnominale possessive uttrykk. In Hans-Olav Enger, Jan Terje Faarlund and Kjell Ivar Vannebo (eds.) Grammatikk, bruk og norm. Festskrift til Svein Lie på 70-årsdagen, 15. april 2012. 189-203. Oslo: Novus 2012.

· Some Norwegian 'type anaphora' are surface anaphora. Journal of Germanic Linguistics  24, 1, 2012, 23–52.

· Norwegian possessive pronouns: Phrases, words or suffixes? In Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King (eds.) Proceedings of the LFG11 Conference, Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications, 339-359. Download PDF-file.

· Hvor mange genus er det i Oslo-dialekten? In Maal og Minne 2 2011, 120-36. Download.

· Lexical Functional Grammar: Functional Structure. In Robert D. Borsley and Kersti Börjars (eds.) Non-Transformational Syntax: Formal and Explicit Models of Grammar. Wiley-Blackwell 2011. Pp. 141 - 180. (This link gives access to the text at the University of Oslo - and maybe other places?)

· Implicit possessives and reflexive binding in Norwegian. Transactions of the Philological Society 108, 2, 2010, 89-109.

· External and internal possessors with body part nouns: The case of Norwegian. SKY Journal of Linguistics 22, 2009, 221250.  Download PDF-file.

· Looking Possessor Raising in the mouth: Norwegian Possessor Raising with unergatives. In Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King (eds.) Proceedings of the LFG09 Conference, Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications. Pp. 420-40.  Download PDF-file.

· Animacy and long distance binding in Norwegian. Nordic Journal of Linguistics 32, 1, 2009, Pp. 111-136.

· Objects binding reflexives in Norwegian. Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift 26, 2 2008, Pp. 30-54.

· Local binding without co-argumenthood: Norwegian noun phrases. In Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King (eds.) Proceedings of the LFG08 Conference. CSLI Publications 2008. Pp. 333-351. Download PDF-file.

· The diversity and unity of the accusative with infinitive construction: A Norwegian perspective. Linguistics 46, 5 2008, 891–916.

· Raising to object in Norwegian and the derived object constraint. Studia Linguistica 62, 2, 2008, Pp. 155-181.

· A new account of simple and complex reflexives. Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 10, 3 2007, Pp. 183-201. Download PDF-file. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.

· Norwegian anaphors without visible binders. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 19.1 2007, Pp. 1-22.