Peter Harder (academic)

Peter Harder is a Danish linguist and professor of English language at the University of Copenhagen. He is notable as a cofounder of the Danish Functional Linguistics stage of the Copenhagen School in linguistics. He has worked extensively with functional linguistic theories and speech act theory.[1] In Denmark, he is best known amongst the general public for his outspoken criticism against the Danish government's tight regulation of research, which he perceives as a threat to academic freedom.

For the Canadian Senator, see Peter Harder (politician)


  • (2010) Meaning in Mind and Society: A Functional Contribution to the Social Turn in Cognitive Linguistics. (Cognitive Linguistics Research). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 528 pp.
  • (2005) Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen, Michael Fortescue, Peter Harder, Lars Heltoft, Michael Herslund & Lisbeth Falster Jakobsen: Dansk Funktionel Lingvistik - en helhedsforståelse af forholdet mellem sprogstruktur, sprogbrug og kognition. Københavns Universitet & RUC: København.
  • (2003) The Status of Linguistic Facts: Rethinking the Relation between Cognition, Social Institution and Utterance from a Functional Point of View. Mind and Language 18, 1, 52-76
  • (2003) Mental spaces: Exactly when do we need them? Cognitive Linguistics 14‑1, 91-96.
  • (1999) "Partial Autonomy. Ontology and Methodology in Cognitive Linguistics", i Theo Janssen and Gisela Redeker (eds.), Cognitive Linguistics: Foundations, Scope and Methodology, Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 195-222.
  • (1999) "Function, Cognition and Layered Clause Structure", i Jens Allwood og Peter Gärdenfors (red.) Cognitive Semantics, Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 37-66.
  • Functional Semantics: A Theory of Meaning, Structure and Tense in English. (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs 87). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 586 pp.


  1. "Peter Harder | Gyldendal - Den Store Danske". (in Danish).

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