Johan Brandtler

Johan Brandtler


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Works at The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 D
Room D 528
Postal address Institutionen för svenska och flerspråkighet 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am associate professor of Swedish linguistics, with special focus on syntax and language structure. I mainly teach courses on Swedish grammar and phonology. 

I am the editor of Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax.


During the fall semester of 2019 I teach the following courses:

  • NSS211 Swedish pronunciation from a learning perspective
  • NSN230 The structure of Swedish
  • NS2031 The structure of Swedish II
  • NS3045 Bachelor's thesis in Swedish grammar


My primary research focus is the interplay between syntax and pragmatics, primarily in relation to Swedish and the Scandinavian languages. I completed my Ph.D. on Negative Polarity Items at Lund University in 2010 under the supervision of Christer Platzack and Valéria Molnár. My current research is in part funded by the research project The Syntax of Swedish Negation (RJ P15-0709:1), the purpose of which is to chart and analyze the syntax of negation in the history of Swedish.


Articles and book chapters

  1. Brandtler, Johan. 2020. Vi bara testade en hypotes... Ännu mer om preverbala adverbial i svenska. Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift 38: 1, 59-92.
  2. Brandtler, Johan. 2019. The Question of Form in the Forming of Questions. The meaning and use of clefted wh-interrogatives in Swedish. Journal of Linguistics 55: 4, 755–754.
  3. Brandtler, Johan. 2018. Rec. av Josefsson, Gunlög & Lundin, Katarina: Nycklar till grammatik. Språk och stil NF 28, 211–214.
  4. Brandtler, Johan & David Håkansson. 2017. V2 eller V3? Om preverbal placering av adverbial i svenskanNorsk lingvistisk tidsskrift 35: 1, 11-26.
  5. Brandtler, Johan & Valéria Molnár. 2016. Rethinking Clausal Asymmetries: Propositional Pronoun Insertion in Hungarian. In Frey, Werner, André Meinunger & Kerstin Schwabe (eds.) Inner-sentential Propositional Proforms. Syntactic Properties and Interpretative Effects, 241–270. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  6. Brandtler, Johan & David Håkansson. 2015. Negative V3-declaratives in Finland SwedishNorsk lingvistisk tidssksrift 33: 2, 157–173.
  7. Brandtler, Johan & David Håkansson. 2014. Not on the Edge. The Syntax and Pragmatics of Clause Initial Negation in SwedishThe Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 17: 2, 97-128.
  8. Brandtler, Johan. 2014. Review of Federica Cognola, Syntactic variation and verb second: a German dialect in Northern ItalyNordic Journal of Linguistics 37: 1, 107–111.
  9. Brandtler, Johan. 2014. Är språket bipolärt? Om polaritetslicensiering i svenska och andra språk. Vetenskapssocieteten i Lund: Årsbok 2013, 26–43.
  10. Brandtler, Johan. 2013. Evaluability – An Alternative Approach to Polarity Sensitivity. In Csipak, Eva, Regine Echardt, Mingya Lie & Manfred Sailer (eds.) Beyond "Any" and "Ever". New Explorations in Negative Polarity Sensitivity, 103–126. Berlin: De Gruyter.
  11. Brandtler, Johan. 2013. Konsten att säga nej. Språktidningen 1, 2013.
  12. Brandtler, Johan & David Håkansson. 2012. Negation, Contrast, and the Swedish Prefield. In Brandtler, Johan, David Håkansson, Stefan Huber & Eva Klingvall (eds.) Discourse and Grammar: A Festschrift to Valéria Molnár, 75–92. Lund: Centre for languages and literature.
  13. Brandtler, Johan and Lars-Olof Delsing. 2010. Framväxten av obestämdartikel i svenska: Definithet, specificitet och polaritet. I Byrman, Gunilla, Anna Gustafsson & Henrik Rahm (red.) Svensson och svenskan. Med sinnen känsliga för språk. En festskrift till Jan Svensson den 24 januari 2010 ,20–32. Språk- och litteraturcentrum.
  14. Brandtler, Johan. 2008. Why we should ever bother about wh-questionsWorking Papers in Scandinavian Syntax 82, 83–102.
  15. Brandtler, Johan. 2008. On the structure of Swedish subordinate clausesWorking Papers in Scandinavian Syntax 81, 79–97.
  16. Brandtler, Johan. 2006. On Aristotle and Baldness – Topic, Reference, Presupposition of Existence, and Negation. Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax 77, 177–204.
  17. Brandtler, Johan. 2004. Subject Omission and Discourse Anchorage in Early Swedish Child Language. Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax 74, 81–120.


  1. Brandtler, Johan. 2012. The Evaluability Hypothesis. The Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Polarity Item Licensing. Lingvistik Aktuell 183. Amsterdam: Johan Benjamins.

Edited volumes

  1. Brandtler, Johan, Valéria Molnár & Christer Platzack (red.). 2013.

    Approaches to Hungarian 13. Papers from the 2011 Lund Conference. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

  2. Brandtler, Johan, David Håkansson, Stefan Huber & Eva Klingvall. 2012. Discourse & Grammar. A Festschrift to Valéria Molnár. Lund: Centre for languages and literature

Doctoral Dissertation


Last updated: June 11, 2020

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