Otto Jespersen

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Otto Jespersen
Jens Otto Harry Jespersen

Jespersen, Otto

(ŏ`tō yĕs`pərsən), 1860–1943, Danish philologist. Professor of English language and literature at the Univ. of Copenhagen and later rector there, Jespersen first earned a reputation for brilliant work in phonetics and later wrote widely used books on the English language and linguistics in general, notably The Growth and Structure of the English Language (1905), A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles (in parts, 1909–31), Language (1922), Philosophy of Grammar (1924), and Analytic Syntax (1937).
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Their project begins innocuously enough, as the three poke their noses into a local poaching scandal, but quickly points to a mysterious outsider, Hans (Otto Jespersen), who might be responsible for a rash of unlawful bear shootings.
Per Hasle discusses Reichenbach's "three point" formalization of tense and its relation to the work of Otto Jespersen. Karl-Heinz Krampitz, Uwe Scheffler, and Horst Wessel discuss relations between logic and ontology when the logic formalizes temporal notions.
Adventure, starring Otto Jespersen and Glenn Erland Tosterud.
Starring Norwegian stand-up comic Otto Jespersen, this dark comedy was a mockumentary which followed a motley group of student makers as they shadowed a professional troll hunter around the forests of Scandinavia.
Starring: Otto Jespersen, Tomas Alf Larsen Film students capture the exploits of a hunter on the trail of massive trolls in this shaky-cam horror from Norway.
Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud), video camera man Kalle (Tomas Alf Larsen) and sound operator Johanna (Johanna Morck) are intrigued by the deaths of bears in mysterious circumstances and local hunters point the finger of suspicion at Hans (Otto Jespersen).
Reprinted in 1962 in Selected Writings of Otto Jespersen. London: Allen and Unwin.
He was one of Denmark's most distinguished anglicists: his 1939 study The Articles in English remains a standard reference, and he collaborated with the great Otto Jespersen on Volume vi of the latter's A Modern English Grammar.