Staff and collaborators

See a brief overview of the staff here.

Kasper Boye

Kasper Boye is PI (principal investigator) at ProGram and Associate Professor in Linguistics at the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen. His research is focused on grammar, grammaticalization and semantics. His work with Peter Harder on the lexicon-grammar distinction forms part of the theoretical basis of the ProGram project.  In this project he has so far concentrated on developing hypotheses and designing linguistic test batteries for experiments and corpus studies.

Read more about Kasper and his research here.

Prof. Hartwig Siebner, Dr. med. habil.

Hartwig Siebner is co-PI at ProGram and head of the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) at Hvidovre Hospital. His research has to do with how the human brain generates and optimizes actions. Hartwig Siebner a specialist in MR (magnetic resonance) and TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation).


Read more about Hartwig Siebner and his research here.

Jesper Mogensen

Jesper Mogensen is co-PI at Program, professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Copenhagen, head of the Unit for Cognitive Neuroscience (UCN), and director of the Research Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation (ReCBIR). Among other things, Jesper Morgensen does research in neuroplasticity, and his theory of the reorganisation of elementary funtions (REF) is an important part of the ProGram project.

Read more about Jesper Mogensen and his research here.

Peter Harder

Peter Harder is professor of English Linguistics in the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies. The topics of his publications include English grammar, semantics, linguistic theory, language and normativity and the philosophy of language, viewed from a functional and cognitive perspective. Within the ProGram project, he contributes to the continuing development of the basic theory of grammar as function-based structure, and to proposals for experimental investigations of the relation between structural capability in language and other domains, including music.

Read more about Peter and his research here.

Dr. Gesa Hartwigsen

Gesa Hartwigsen is the research group leader of Modulation of Language Networks at the Department of Neuropsychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. Gesa Hartwigsen is specialized in neuroplasticity and the reorganization of language networks in the brain.


Read more about Gesa Hartwigsen and her research here.

Byurakn Ishkhanyan

Byurakn Ishkhanyan is a PhD-student at the ProGram project. She is focused on aphasia and agrammatism more specifically. Her current research interests include working memory deficits in aphasia and quantitative measures of spontaneous speech of speakers with aphasia. She is also studying lexical and grammatical pronouns in French agrammatic spontaneous speech production.

Read more about Byurakn and her research here.

Lise Randrup Jensen

Lise Randrup Jensen is Associate Professor in Audiologopedics at INSS. Her main research is in clinical approaches to the evaluation and rehabilitation of aphasia. She is associated with the Program project and shares clinical knowledge and data with researchers in the program. Currently, Lise is engaged with Buyrakn Ishkhanyan in writing a review of quantitative approaches to the assessment of grammar in the spontaneous speech production of people with aphasia.

Read more about Lise and her research here.

Line Burholt Kristensen

Line Burholt Kristensen is a postdoc at the ProGram project. Her research uses psycho- and neurolinguistic methods (mainly fMRI) to explore the difference between grammar and lexicon. Currently, Line studies the interface between attention and grammatical status during sentence processing. She also coordinates the course “Neurolinguistics”, a cross-disciplinary MA course offered by the ProGram project.

Read more about Line and her research here.

Violaine Michel Lange

Violaine Michel Lange is part of the ProGram project which investigates the neuro-cognitive basis of grammar. Her work in the project focuses on the production of speech and more precisely the distinction between the production of grammatical and lexical elements. Violaine currently use reaction times and EEG/ERPs measurements and try to interpret her results in the light of different speech production models.

Read more about Violaine and her research here.

Silvia Martinez-Ferreiro

Silvia Martinez-Ferreiro is a postdoc at the ProGram project. She is mainly interested in speech pathologies with a special emphasis on aphasia. Silvia is investigating the grammar and lexicon of language users with aphasia. 

Read more about Silvia and her research here.


Ditte Boeg Thomsen

Ditte Boeg Thomsen is a research assistant at the ProGram project. She is a child language researcher, and her role in ProGram is to examine the emergence of grammer from an ontogenetic perspective. Through spontaneous-speech studies and experiments she investigates how the distinction between lexicon and grammar can account for for developments in children's early language acqusition. 

Read more about Ditte and her research here

Maria Messerschmidt

Maria Messerschmidt is a research assistant at the ProGram project. Through psycholinguistic experiments she investigates the difference between how we process grammatical and lexical elements. She is currently working on a study that examines the processing of different kinds of complex word forms.


Nicolai Boston Simonsen & Sarah Rosenbech Nielsen 

Nicolai and Sarah are both master's students of Linguistics and interns at the ProGram project. Nicolai will be conducting a letter detection study in order to examine grammatical status and visual attention. Sarah is an intern at the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) at Hvidovre Hospital where she assists in conducting different ProGram-related experiments. 






Mia Ridder Malmstedt & Jessie Leigh Nielsen

Mia and Jessie are both master's students of Linguistics and student assistants at ProGram. Here they perform many different tasks such as finding test participants and carrying out experiments, processing data, developing stimuli for experiments, proof reading and other ad hoc tasks.