Research interests and research topics

Research interests
First, bilingual, second/third language acquisition, language attrition, diachronic language change, syntactic variation, comparative syntax, word order, noun phrase structure (gender, definiteness, possessive constructions), English, Norwegian, Russian, German.

Current research projects, networks and groups

  • AcqVA Aurora (Director), a UiT Aurora Centre, funded by UiT (NOK 30 million), 2020-2024.
  • AcqVA Acquisition, Variation & Attrition (Director), joint NTNU/UiT research group, funded by the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education and Department of Language and Culture, 2015-2020.
  • MultiGender: A Multilingual Approach to Grammatical Gender, 2019-2020. Funding: Centre for Advanced Study (Oslo), PIs: Terje Lohndal, Marit Westergaard
  • MiMS Micro-variation in Multilingual Acquisition and Attrition Situations, funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN), 2016-2019 (NOK 9 mill.)
  • DFG Network: Optionality and variation in multilingual syntax (participant), funded by the German Research Foundation (PIs: Leah Bauke & Tom Rankin), 2020-2022.
  • BLINK Bilingual Literacy and Input Negotiates Knowledge: Tracing Heritage Language Bilingual Development (co-supervisor, with Jason Rothman), 2018-2020. Funding: MSCA, PI: Fatih Bayram.
  • GenBiLex Multiple Perspectives on Grammatical Gender in the Bilingual Lexicon (supervisor), MSCA grant 2017-2019, PI Rachel Klassen.
  • Affiliate of MultiLing Multilingualism in society across the lifespan, University of Oslo (a Norwegian Centre of Excellence), 2013 – .
  • Associate member of CeLM Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism, University of Reading (a UK Centre of Excellence), 2013 – .

Previous research projects, networks and groups (selection)

  • LAVA Language Acquisition, Variation & Attrition (Leader), research group funded by the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, 2015-2019.
  • LIA Language Infrastructure made Accessible (participant), funded by the Research Council of Norway, directed by Professor Janne Bondi Johannessen, MultiLing, University of Oslo.
  • Acquiring Figurative Meanings: A Study in Developmental Pragmatics (participant), funded by the RCN 2015-2019, PI Ingrid Falkum, UiO.
  • DiVA Disentangling Variation: A crosslinguistic investigation of bilingualism and non-standardization (supervisor), MSCA grant 2017-2019, PI Evelina Leivada.
  • CASTL Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (Director 2009-2012, Affiliate 2003-2008, 2013- ), a Norwegian Center of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway 2003-2012 (approx. 12 mill. per year) and by the Tromsø Research Foundation 2013-2017.
  • From signal to grammar in Cree: Breaking through grammatical opacity in first language acquisition (Collaborator), funded by an Insight Grant (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) 2013-2018, PI Julie Brittain, Memorial University, Newfoundland (Other participants: Carrie Dyck, Marguerite MacKenzie, Yvan Rose, Shanley Allen, Phil Branigan).
  • LAMBA: Latvian Language in Monolingual and Bilingual Acquisition: Tools, theories and applications, 2015-2017. Funding: EEA Norway grants; PIs: Dace Markus, Olga Urek.
  • NorAmDiaSyn (Norwegian Heritage Language in America), directed by Professor Janne Bondi Johannessen, MultiLing, University of Oslo.

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