Short CV/Education and training

Academic qualifications:

  • 1972
    Primary school teacher

  • 1976
    Phonetics

  • 1978
    Speech & Language Pathologist (logoped)

  • 1986
    Doctoral degree – PhD in Linguistics. Thesis: Discourse Patterns in Aphasia

  • 1990
    Docent, General Linguistics, University of Gothenburg, Postdoctoral work

  • 1988 – 1992
    forskarassistent. Qualification as Associate Professor

Current position:

  • Professor of Neurolinguistics, University of Gothenburg, SSKKII Center for Interdisciplinary Research & Division of Communication and Cognition, Department of Applied IT

Previous positions and periods of appointment:

  • 1973 – 1975
    Primary school teacher (exam 1972), Lerum

  • 1978 – 1980
    Speech pathologist, Halmstad

  • 1980 – 1986
    University teacher of voice and speech, University of Gothenburg

  • 1984
    Speech pathologist, Med. Rehabilitation Clinic, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg + clinical supervisor for the logopedics programme (6 mths)

  • 1984 – 1986
    Teaching logopedics and linguistics, University of Gothenburg (as teacher and lecturer)

  • 1983 – 1987
    Research assistant; Projects: Aphasia and spoken interaction (HSFR) 50%, "Ecology of Adult Language Acquisition"

  • 1986 – 1997
    Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Gothenburg, especially Communication Handicap, 1993-1997 (50%), and in Logopedics, University of Gothenburg 1992-1997 (50%)

  • 1986 – 1992
    Director of studies, Department of Linguistics, University of Gothenburg

  • 1988 – 1992
    Researcher in Linguistics

  • 1992 – 1997
    Vice chairman, Dept of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, University of Gothenburg

  • since 1995
    Vice chairman, SSKKII Center for Cognitive Science

  • 1995
    Associate professor in General Linguistics, especially Communication Disorders, University of Gothenburg

  • since 2010
    Vice chairman Division of Communication and cognition Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg

Selected publications

  • Thunberg, G., Dahlgren-Sandberg, A. & Ahlsén, E. (2009). Speech-generating devices used at home by children with autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities 24 (2), pp. 104-114.

  • Behrns, I., Ahlsén, E. & Wengelin, Å. (2009). Aphasia and text writing. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorder 28 (1).

  • Thunberg, G., Dahlgren Sandberg, A., Ahlsén, E. (2009). Speech-Generating Devices Used at Home by Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Preliminary Assessment. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disorders 24 (2), pp. 104-114.

  • Thunberg, G., Ahlsén, E., Dahlgren Sandberg, A. (2009). Interaction and Use of Speech-Generating Devices in the Homes of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Analysis of Conversational Topics. Journal of Special Education Technology – JSET 24 (2).

  • Ahlsén, E. (2010). What is identified and what is lost in aphasia? In Henrichsen, P. J. (Ed.) Linguistic Theory and Raw Sound. Copenhagen Studies in Language 40, pp. 135-148, Copenhagen: Samfundslitteratur.

  • Ahlsén, E. (2010). Neurolinguistics. Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics. J. Simpson (Ed.)

  • Ahlsén, E. (2011). Language Attrition. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), Blackwell.

  • Ahlsén, E. (2011). Neuroscience of pragmatics. Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences, P. Hogan (Ed.), Cambridge University Press, pp. 651-654.

  • Thunberg, G., Ahlsén, E., Dahlgren Sandberg, A. (2011). Autism, communication and use of a speech-generating device in different environments – a case study. Journal of Assistive Technologies 5 (4), pp. 181-198.

  • Allwood, J., Ahlsén, E. (2012). Multimodal Communication. Handbook of Technical Communication. A. Mehler, R. Romary & D. Gibbon (eds). Mouton De Gruyter.

  • Ferm, U., Ahlsén, E., Björck-Åkesson, E. (2012). Patterns of communicative interaction between a child with severe speech and physical impairments and her caregiver during a mealtime activity. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability 37 (1), pp. 11-26.


Selected projects

  • Reading and Writing Strategies of Disabled Groups (project coordinator with S. Strömqvist) SFR (program), 1997 – 2002

  • Intermodal Translation KFB, 1997 – 2000

  • The Relation between Gestures and Semantic Processes Vårdalstiftelsen, 1998 – 2000

  • Children's communication in different activities – a comparison of children with severe speech and physical impairment and typical children, Vårdalstiftelsen, 1998 – 2000

  • Adaptation of written Swedish to online communication (project leader) HSFR, 2000 – 2002

  • Concentration and inference in conversation after acquired brain damage (project leader) FAS, 2002 – 2004

  • The internal form and function of gestures (project leader) FAS, 2003 – 2005

  • From gestures to words (project leader) FAS, 2003 – 2005

  • Semantic processing in word finding and gestures (project leader) VR, 2007 – 2011

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Kungl Vitterhets- och Vetenskapssamhället i Göteborg

  • Swedish Research Council-Expert group Linguistics

  • EU Horizon 2020 Expert

Additional qualifications

  • European Postdoctoral Certificate in Aphasiology

  • Speech pathologist

Other academic activities:

  • Opponent on 7 doctoral theses: 1 Swedish, 3 Norwegian 3 Finnish & Member of committee for 12 doctoral theses

  • Reviewer of research projects for research councils in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Netherlands, South Africa. Reviewer for scientific journals, e.g. Aphasiology, Logopedics, Phoniatrics, Vocology, International Journal Communication Disorders, Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of Intercultural Communication, Journal of Neurorehabilitation. External examiner: University of Malaysia

  • Invited fellow ZiF Interdisciplinary Research Institute, Bielefeld, Germany: 2005-06 Invited fellow: STIAS Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Research, Stellenbosh, South Africa February 2011

  • Expert project reviews EU Information and Communication Technologies, FP5, FP7, Horizon2020 (Disabled and Elderly, E-inclusion, Health, Multimodality)

  • Expert Vetenskapsrådet 2013-2015

Supervision of people awarded doctorates:

  • Ann-Christin Månsson 2004, Charlotta Saldert 2006, Ulrika Ferm 2006, Anneli Bergström 2007, Gunilla Thunberg 2008, Bitte Rydeman 2010


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