Karin Aijmer

List of John Benjamins publications for which Karin Aijmer plays a role.



Discourse linguistics: Theory and practice

Edited by Karin Aijmer and Anita Fetzer

Special issue of Functions of Language 21:1 (2014) iii, 137 pp.
Subjects Functional linguistics | Pragmatics | Theoretical linguistics
Subjects Corpus linguistics | Theoretical linguistics

Text-based contrastive linguistics

Guest-edited by Bengt Altenberg and Karin Aijmer

Special issue of Languages in Contrast 13:2 (2013) v, 137 pp.
Subjects Comparative linguistics | Theoretical linguistics

Contrastive Pragmatics

Edited by Karin Aijmer

[Benjamins Current Topics, 30] 2011. v, 182 pp.
Subjects Comparative linguistics | Pragmatics

Corpora and Language Teaching

Edited by Karin Aijmer

[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 33] 2009. viii, 232 pp.
Subjects Applied linguistics | Corpus linguistics | Language acquisition | Language teaching

Contrastive Pragmatics

Edited by Karin Aijmer

Special issue of Languages in Contrast 9:1 (2009) 182 pp.
Subjects Comparative linguistics | Theoretical linguistics

Contrast in Context

Edited by Karin Aijmer, Hilde Hasselgård and Stig Johansson

Special issue of Languages in Contrast 5:1 (2005) 184 pp.
Subjects Comparative linguistics | Theoretical linguistics

Discourse Patterns in Spoken and Written Corpora

Edited by Karin Aijmer and Anna-Brita Stenström

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 120] 2004. viii, 279 pp.
Subjects Corpus linguistics | Discourse studies | Germanic linguistics | Pragmatics
Subjects Corpus linguistics | Discourse studies | English linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Pragmatics


The aim is to investigate whether (-)ish is employed in the same structures and functions in English and Swedish blog data and to describe the adaptations and changes resulting from borrowing. (-)ish is exceptional because it looks like a suffix but can be taken out of its original context with… read more
The aim of this study has been to contribute to the discussion of type nouns by investigating the different meanings and functions of sort of and kind of from an English-Swedish contrastive perspective on the basis of their correspondences (translations or sources) in the English-Swedish Parallel… read more
Aijmer, Karin 2020 That’s absolutely fine: An investigation of absolutely in the spoken BNC2014Corpora and the Changing Society: Studies in the evolution of English, Rautionaho, Paula, Arja Nurmi and Juhani Klemola (eds.), pp. 143–168 | Chapter
This chapter investigates the meanings and functions of the intensifier absolutely, both synchronically and diachronically. The research questions are asked against the background of absolutely becoming more frequent over a short period of time as shown by a comparison of the BNC1994 and the… read more
Aijmer, Karin 2019 Chapter 1. Challenges in the contrastive study of discourse markers: The case of thenEmpirical Studies of the Construction of Discourse, Loureda, Óscar, Inés Recio Fernández, Laura Nadal and Adriana Cruz (eds.), pp. 17–42 | Chapter
I argue that the position of the discourse markers in the utterance should be part of the contrastive analysis on the basis of a corpus case study of then and its Swedish cognate då. The focus for the contrastive analysis has been on then which has been studied both in the left and the right… read more
Aijmer, Karin 2018 Epistemic must in an English-Swedish contrastive perspectiveThe Corpus Linguistics Discourse: In honour of Wolfgang Teubert, Čermáková, Anna and Michaela Mahlberg (eds.), pp. 205–221 | Chapter
Must in English and måste in Swedish do not mean quite the same thing and they have different formal and functional properties as can be shown from a translation perspective. They occur for example with different frequencies in the two languages. Must is mainly epistemic while the deontic… read more
Aijmer, Karin 2018 Chapter 8. Positioning of self in interaction: Adolescents’ use of attention-gettersPositioning the Self and Others: Linguistic perspectives, Beeching, Kate, Chiara Ghezzi and Piera Molinelli (eds.), pp. 177–195 | Chapter
Look, listen, come on, excuse me are examples of imperatives of verbs which have developed into discourse markers with an attention-getting function. It is shown that the functional markers are used by adolescents to position themselves in relation to what is said and other participants in the… read more
Aijmer, Karin 2016 Pragmatic markers as constructions. The case of anywayOutside the Clause: Form and function of extra-clausal constituents, Kaltenböck, Gunther, Evelien Keizer and Arne Lohmann (eds.), pp. 29–58 | Article
The aim of the study is to explore the idea that discourse markers are oriented to properties of spoken language and the interaction and have special uses or tasks depending on formal and contextual factors. The empirical data comes from an analysis of anyway in informal conversation in several… read more
Aijmer, Karin 2015 Chapter 9. General extenders in learner languageCorpora, Grammar and Discourse: In honour of Susan Hunston, Groom, Nicholas, Maggie Charles and Suganthi John (eds.), pp. 211–234 | Article
The aim of the paper is to study how general extenders are used by Swedish factors.learners of English in comparison with native speakers. The study is based on a corpus of Swedish learners’ spoken English compiled within the international LINDSEI project. The analysis is both quantitative and… read more
Aijmer, Karin and Anita Fetzer 2014 Discourse linguistics: Theory and practiceDiscourse linguistics: Theory and practice, Aijmer, Karin and Anita Fetzer (eds.), pp. 1–5 | Article
Aijmer, Karin 2013 Well I’m not sure I think… The use of well by non-native speakersErrors and Disfluencies in Spoken Corpora, Gilquin, Gaëtanelle and Sylvie De Cock (eds.), pp. 93–116 | Article
Pragmatic markers are an important part of the grammar of conversation and not simply markers of disfluency. They have a number of functions that help the speaker to organize the conversation and to express feelings and attitudes. Advanced EFL learners use frequent pragmatic markers such as well.… read more
The Swedish adverb gärna, related to German gern(e), has no obvious equivalent in English. To explore this cross-linguistic phenomenon the English correspondences of gärna are examined on the basis of the English-Swedish Parallel Corpus, a bidirectional translation corpus. The study shows that… read more
Aijmer, Karin and Bengt Altenberg 2013 IntroductionAdvances in Corpus-based Contrastive Linguistics: Studies in honour of Stig Johansson, Aijmer, Karin and Bengt Altenberg (eds.), pp. 1–6 | Article
Altenberg, Bengt and Karin Aijmer 2013 IntroductionText-based contrastive linguistics, Altenberg, Bengt and Karin Aijmer (eds.), pp. 137–138 | Article
Aijmer, Karin 2011 Well I’m not sure I think… The use of well by non-native speakersErrors and Disfluencies in Spoken Corpora, Gilquin, Gaëtanelle and Sylvie De Cock (eds.), pp. 231–254 | Article
Pragmatic markers are an important part of the grammar of conversation and not simply markers of disfluency. They have a number of functions that help the speaker to organise the conversation and to express feelings and attitudes. Advanced EFL learners use frequent pragmatic markers such as well.… read more
Aijmer, Karin and Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen 2011 Pragmatic markersDiscursive Pragmatics, Zienkowski, Jan, Jan-Ola Östman and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 223–247 | Article
Aijmer, Karin 2009  Seem and evidentialityEvidentiality in language and cognition, Ekberg, Lena and Carita Paradis (eds.), pp. 63–88 | Article
The paper is an empirical, corpus-based analysis of the functions of seem with different complementation structures and in impersonal constructions as well as in combinations with an experiencer. The focus is on describing how evidentiality (e.g. inferencing/observation or hearsay evidence)… read more
Aijmer, Karin 2009 Introduction: Corpora and language teachingCorpora and Language Teaching, Aijmer, Karin (ed.), pp. 1–10 | Miscellaneous
Aijmer, Karin and Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen 2009 Pragmatic markersHandbook of Pragmatics: 2009 Installment, Östman, Jan-Ola and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 1–29 | Article
Aijmer, Karin 2008 Modal adverbs in interaction – obviously and definitely in adolescent speechThe Dynamics of Linguistic Variation: Corpus evidence on English past and present, Nevalainen, Terttu, Irma Taavitsainen, Päivi Pahta and Minna Korhonen (eds.), pp. 61–83 | Article
When we compare corpora compiled at different periods we can notice that the overall frequency of the adverbs of certainty is different. For example, certainly and surely do not have such a strong position in the Bergen Corpus of London Teenage Language (COLT) as in the London-Lund Corpus (LLC). On… read more
Aijmer, Karin 2007 The interface between discourse and grammar: The fact is thatConnectives as Discourse Landmarks, Celle, Agnès and Ruth Huart (eds.), pp. 31–46 | Article
Aijmer, Karin 2007 Modal adverbs as discourse markers: A bilingual approach to the study of indeedConnectivity in Grammar and Discourse, Rehbein, Jochen, Christiane Hohenstein and Lukas Pietsch (eds.), pp. 329–344 | Article
Indeed has many meanings and is sometimes regarded as a discourse marker. There are several approaches to analyse the meaning and uses of indeed. One method involves viewing synchronic variation as resulting from semantic and pragmatic change in the framework of grammaticalization theory. The focus… read more
Simon-Vandenbergen, Anne-Marie and Karin Aijmer 2007 The discourse functionality of adjectival and adverbial epistemic expressions: Evidence from present-day EnglishFunctional Perspectives on Grammar and Discourse: In honour of Angela Downing, Butler, Christopher S., Raquel Hidalgo Downing and Julia Lavid-López (eds.), pp. 419–446 | Article
In this article we examine the adjectival and adverbial expressions it is certain/certainly, it is clear/clearly and it is obvious/obviously in a corpus of present-day English, the British National Corpus. We aim to answer two questions. One is the question of how the constructional properties of… read more
Simon-Vandenbergen, Anne-Marie, Peter R.R. White and Karin Aijmer 2007 Presupposition and ‘taking-for-granted’ in mass communicated political argument. An illustration from British, Flemish and Swedish political colloquyPolitical Discourse in the Media: Cross-cultural perspectives, Fetzer, Anita and Gerda Eva Lauerbach (eds.), pp. 31–74 | Article
Aijmer, Karin 2005 Evaluation and pragmatic markersStrategies in Academic Discourse, Tognini-Bonelli, Elena and Gabriella Del Lungo Camiciotti (eds.), pp. 83–96 | Article
Aijmer, Karin, Hilde Hasselgård and Stig Johansson 2005 IntroductionContrast in Context, Aijmer, Karin, Hilde Hasselgård and Stig Johansson (eds.), pp. 1–2 | Miscellaneous
Aijmer, Karin 2004 The semantic path from modality to aspect: be able to in a cross-linguistic perspectiveCorpus Approaches to Grammaticalization in English, Lindquist, Hans and Christian Mair (eds.), pp. 57–78 | Article
Ability has a number of lexical sources including dynamic, telic verbs of various sorts. For example, manage to, a verb implying that there were difficulties to overcome can come to mean ‘ability’, a development which has parallels in other languages. In this paper translations into Swedish are… read more
Aijmer, Karin 2004 Interjections in a contrastive perspectiveEmotion in Dialogic Interaction: Advances in the complex, Weigand, Edda (ed.), pp. 103 ff. | Article
Aijmer, Karin and Anna-Brita Stenström 2004 Discourse Patterns in Spoken and Written CorporaDiscourse Patterns in Spoken and Written Corpora, Aijmer, Karin and Anna-Brita Stenström (eds.), pp. 1–13 | Article
Simon-Vandenbergen, Anne-Marie and Karin Aijmer 2004 The expectation marker of course in a cross-linguistic perspectiveFunctional Linguistics and Contrastive Description, Davidse, Kristin and Liesbet Heyvaert (eds.), pp. 13–43 | Article
The study of of course presented in this article has an applied, a descriptive and a theoretical aim. Since of course proves to be very frequent in English, learners will need to know what meanings the item has and in what pragmatic contexts it is used. It has indeed been shown that some learners… read more
Aijmer, Karin 2002 Modality in advanced Swedish learners’ written interlanguageComputer Learner Corpora, Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Teaching, Granger, Sylviane, Joseph Hung and Stephanie Petch-Tyson (eds.), pp. 55–76 | Article
Salkie, Raphael, Karin Aijmer and Michael Barlow 1998 EditorialLanguages in Contrast 1:1, pp. v–xii | Miscellaneous