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Prof. Dr. Björn Hansen

Prof. Dr. Björn Hansen

Professor of Slavic Philology


Universität Regensburg
Institute for Slavic Studies
Universitätsstraße 27
93053 Regensburg

Main Research Areas

  • Functional grammar of Polish, Russian and Serbian / Croatian
  • Language typology
  • Language change in Slavia
  • Corpus linguistics and semantics

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Flensburg. After studying Eastern Slavic Studies and German Language and Literature in Hamburg he received his PhD in Slavic Philology with the thesis "Grammatik von Referenz und Episodizität". Visiting fellow at the Institute of Linguistics and the Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. 2001 habilitation at the University of Hamburg. Lecturer in Slavonic Linguistics and Philology at the University of Cambridge. Since 2001, professor of Slavic Philology at Universität Regensburg.


  • Slavolinguistica (Co-Editor)
  • Zbornik Matice Srpske za filologiju i lingvistiku (Member of the Editorial Board)
  • Journal of Historical Syntax (Member of the Editorial Board)
  • Cognitive Studies/Études Cognitives (Member of the Editorial Board)
  • Godišnjak folozofskog fakulteta u Novom Sadu (Member of the Editorial Board)
  • Acta Universitatis Lodziensis. Folia Linguistica (Member of the Editorial Board)

Positions, Assignments and Memberships

  • Principal investigator of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies
  • Partnership representative of Universität Regensburg for Brno and Novi Sad
  • Member of Societas Linguistica Europaea
  • Member of the Association of Linguistics Typology
  • Member of the South East Europe Association
  • Head of the Binational Study Programme German-Polish Studies (funded by the DAAD)


List of publications

Supervised Ph.D. Theses at Grauate School