Karen Grunow-Hårsta, Ph.D.

Karen Grunow-Hårsta, PhD, serves as the dean of both the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Journalism, Media & Visual Arts at Anglo-American University. Karen is also a senior lecturer. She earned her PhD degree in Linguistics from UWM (Milwaukee) where she taught for 5 years. She has also taught and conducted research at Uppsala University, Sweden; Brock University, Canada; Middlesex and Wollongong Universities in Dubai, and at the Chinese University and Polytechnical University in Hong Kong as a postdoctoral fellow.

She also holds an. M.A. in Art History and undergraduate degrees in literature and education.


Linguistics, Endangered Languages and Language Conservation,Tibeto-Burman Grammaticalization, Cross-Cultural Communication, Rhetoric and Communication

Publications & Other Activities

  • ‘Evidentiality in Tibeto Burman Languages’ Invited Keynote Speaker. International Conference on Epistemicity, Evidentiality and Attitude in Asian Languages: Discourse, Diachronic and Typological Perspectives. The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, September 2, 2012.
  • A descriptive grammar of two Magar dialects of Nepal: Tanahu and Syangja Ann Arbor MI: UMI, 2011.
  • Nominalization in Asian languages. with Foong Ha Yap & Janick Wrona. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2011.
  • ‘Innovation in nominalization in Magar’ in Nominalization in Asian languages. pp. 215-254, 2011
  • ‘Nominalization Strategies in Asian Languages.’ with Foong Ha Yap in Nominalization in Asian languages. pp. 1-57, 2011.
  • ‘Adjectives and adjectivals in Magar’ Himalayan Linguistics. Vol. 10.1. pp 101-126, 2011.
  • ‘Grammaticalization of the Verb ‘Say’ in Magar’ Workshop on Nominalization Matters: Sino-Tibetan and Austronesian Perspectives at National Hsinchu University of Education, Taiwan, May 6, 2010.
  • ‘Non-referential uses of nominalization constructions’ Invited article with Foong Ha Yap Language and Linguistics Compass. pp. Vol. 4:12, pp 1154–1175, 2010.
  • ‘From (Ad)nominalizer to tense-aspect-mood marker: A case of semantic extensions from referential to non-referential uses’ Invited talk, “Language and Cognition Seminars”, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Tatung University, Taipei, May 3, 2010.
  • ‘Adjectives in two Tibeto-Burman Languages’, North East Indian Linguistics Society, Guwahati University, India and Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University, Australia. Guwahati, Assam, India, February 12-14, 2010.
  • ‘Patterns of extension and renewal within the nominalization system of Magar’, 42nd International Conference of Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 2-4, 2009. 
  • ‘Referential to Non-Referential Uses of Nominalization Constructions in Magar’, 16th Himalayan Languages Symposium, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A., July 30-31, 2009
  • ‘Innovation in nominalization in Magar, a Tibeto-Burman language of Nepal’. Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages Symposium, Chinese University Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, May 11, 2009.
  • ‘Plurifunctionality in the Magar nominalization system’, Nepalese Linguistics. Vol. 24:37-48, 2009.
  • ‘Evidentiality and mirativity in Magar’, Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area: Special issue on evidentiality 30.2 151-194, 2008.
  • A descriptive grammar of two Magar dialects of Nepal: Tanahu and Syangja Magar, Vol. 1 & 2. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2008.
  • ‘Divergence across Magar dialects’, 14th Himalayan Languages Symposium, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, August 21-23, 2008.
  • ‘A dynamic perspective on grammar’, Contact: Tesl Ontario, Vol. 32. No 3:9-17, 2006.
  • ‘Grammaticalization and epistemic extension of the verb ‘say’ in Magar’, 12th Himalayan Languages Symposium & Linguistic Society of Nepal, Tribuvan University, Kirtipur Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal, November 26-27, 2006.
  • ‘Magar Verbal paradigms and divergence’, Madan Guthi Sansthan Lectures, Department of Social Studies, Pathan College, Kathmandu, Nepal, October 15, 2006.
  • ‘Mirativity and evidentiality in Magar’, 11th Himalayan Languages Symposium, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, December 6-9, 2005.
  • ‘A dynamic approach to grammar instruction’, TESL Ontario Conference, Toronto, Canada, November 17-19, 2005.
  • ‘Direction and differential dative case marking in Magar’ in Anju Saxena, ed., Himalayan Languages Past and Present. Amsterdam: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 77-100, 2003.
  • ‘Posture verbs in two Tibeto-Burman languages’ with Michael Noonan, in John Newman, ed., The linguistics of sitting, standing and lying. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 79-101, 2002.
  • ‘Anti-dative case marking in Magar’, 7th Himalayan Languages Symposium, Uppsala University, Sweden, September 7-9, 2001.
  • ‘A comparative sketch of the verb morphology of two Magar dialects’, 6th Himalayan Languages Symposium, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Milwaukee, U.S.A., May 7-9, 2000.
  • ‘Transitivity patterns in Magar’, XXXII International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages & Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, U.S.A., October 28-31, 1999.
  • ‘Recent language contact in the Nepal Himalaya’ with Michael Noonan, South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, U.S.A., July 9-11, 1999.
  • ‘An Analysis of Murmur in Magar’, 4th Himalayan Languages Symposium, Deccan College, Pune, India, December 7-9, 1998.
  • ‘A phonological sketch: Murmur in Magar’, Nineteenth Annual Conference, Linguistic Society of Nepal, Tribuvan University, Kirtipur Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal, November 26-27, 1998
  • ‘Speaking to Writing: Moving from Oral to Written Competency in the Composition Classroom’, Theory into Practice Symposium, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Milwaukee, U.S.A., December 2-3, 1996.
  • Engelska med handelsrätt och EG-rätt med praktik för arbetssökande ekonomer (English with trade regulations and European Union regulations for Business Administration graduates). Uppsala: Kurssekretariatet, Uppsala University, 1991.
  • School of Business English: A course book and teaching guide, (as part of a development team). Stockholm: Folkuniversitetet, 1990.
  • Brunelleschi’s authorship of the Cappella Pazzi, Santa Croce, Firenze. M.A. Thesis. University of Toronto, 1987.