Iørn Korzen
Frederiksberg, 17/02/1952
Copenhagen Business School
Department of International Business Communication

Iørn Korzen is professor (from march 2015 emeritus) of modern italian language and former responsible for the italian studies at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Graduated from Copenhagen University (MA in Italian Language and Literature) in 1980. I.K.’s research activities initially centred round the phonetics of Italian (with publications e.g. on the Tuscan “raddoppiamento fonosintattico”) and Italian literature, but he now specialises in language typology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, having published about 150 articles and books on topics such as nominal syntax and determination, reference, anaphora, text structure, and clause combining.
I.K. was a member of the italian project group under the five–year research programme “Lingvistik og fremmedsprog” (Linguistics and foreign languages), launched in 1993 by the Danish Research Council for the Humanities. This project has resulted in the publication Italiensk–dansk sprogbrug i komparativt perspektiv. Reference, konnexion og diskursmarkering, a three–volume comparative study on Italian and Danish language use.
In 1996 I.K. published L’articolo italiano fra concetto ed entità (Museum Tusculanum Press, 743 pp. — http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/details.asp?eln=200331), for which he was awarded the danish doctorate (la libera docenza). He has been involved with the interdisciplinary research project “Constitutions in Context”, which analyses the Constitutions of the European Countries seen both in the historical contexts in which they were produced, and in the present ones in which they are applied.
I.K. was part of the five–year CBS project “Translation processes and translation systems in businesses”, which was led by Arnt Lykke Jakobsen and given the predicate “World Class Research Environment” in 2008. In this project, he worked with linguistic annotations under the Copenhagen Dependency Treebank project.
Together with different Danish and Italian colleagues, IK has organised a number of workshops and conferences in Copenhagen and in Italy, e.g. Il convegno interannuale SLI, Copenaghen 5–7 febbraio 1998, the seminar “Linguistica e traduzione” at the University of Torino in 1999 (together with prof. Carla Marello) and the seminar “Tipologia linguistica e società” at the Università di Roma III in 2003 (together with prof. Paolo D’Achille). In 2007 he organised the seminar “Lingue, culture e testi istituzionali” at the University of Cagliari (together with prof. Cristina Lavinio), in 2009 the seminar “Lingua, cognizione e identità” at the University of Florence (together with prof. Emanuela Cresti and prof. Massimo Moneglia), and in 2013 the seminar “Tra romanistica e germanistica” at the University of Basle (together with prof. Angela Ferrari and prof. Anna–Maria De Cesare). In all cases, proceedings have been published.
From 1998 to 2004 he was a member of the scientific committee of “Società Internazionale di Linguistica e Filologia Italiana”, SILFI, and in the period 2002–2004 he was SILFI’s president. In 2004 he organised the VIII Convegno Internazionale della SILFI at the Copenhagen Business School.
In 2004 he was knighted by Italy’s President, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. He received the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) for his contributions to the cultural prestige and honour of the Italian republic.
He has been external evaluator of different study programmes, e.g. the BA and MA in Italian Language and Literature at Bern’s university, the ph.d. courses in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Linguistic Engineering at the University of Torino, and the five–year ICOCP project (Italian Constituent Order in a Contrastive Perspective) at the university of Basle.
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