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

  • LAVA Language Acquisition, Variation & Attrition (Leader), research group funded by the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, 2015-2018.
  • AcqVA Acquisition, Variation & Attrition (Director), joint NTNU/UiT research group.
  • MiMS Micro-variation in Multilingual Acquisition and Attrition Situations, funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN), 2016-2019 (NOK 9 mill.)
  • DiVA Disentangling Variation: A crosslinguistic investigation of bilingualism and non-standardization (supervisor), MSCA grant 2017-2019, PI Evelina Leivada.
  • GenBiLex Multiple Perspectives on Grammatical Gender in the Bilingual Lexicon (supervisor), MSCA grant 2017-2019, PI Rachel Klassen.
  • LAMBA Latvian Language in Mono- and Bilingual Acquisition (WP leader), funded by an EEA Norway grant 2015-2017.
  • 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.
  • Acquisition @ CASTL.
  • 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 – .
  • 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).
  • NorAmDiaSyn (Norwegian Heritage Language in America), directed by Professor Janne Bondi Johannessen, MultiLing, University of Oslo.
  • 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, directed by Ingrid Falkum, Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN), UiO.

Previous research projects, networks and groups

  • NoRus Bilingual Norwegian-Russian Children in North Norway: Language Acquisition and Language Use (PI), funded by the Tromsø Research Foundation 2012-2014 (Co-investigator: Yulia Rodina).
  • English as an L3 (PI), funded by Kompetanse for mangfold 2014-2015 (Co-investigator Roksolana Mykhaylyk).
  • NorPhLex Phonological and lexical acquisition in mono- and bilingual children in the Nordic and the Baltic states (Leader of the Tromsø group). Organized by Professor Hanne Gram Simonsen, University of Oslo, funded by NordForsk 2012-2014.
  • ISWOC Information Structure and Word Order Change in Germanic and Romance Languages (Project participant).  PIs Kristin Bech and Kristine Eide, University of Oslo, funded by the Research Council of Norway 2010-2014 (Other participants: Jan Terje Faarlund, Susan Pintzuk, Ann Taylor, Roland Hinterhölzl, Svetlana Petrova, Bettelou Los, Ans van Kemenade, etc.).
  • HSL Faculty Research Group on The Lexicon (Leader, together with Professor Peter Svenonius), funded by HSL 2010-2014.
  • BIC Bilingual Immigrant Children in North Norway: The Norwegian Welfare Society and the Language of Norwegian-Russian Children (PI) 2010-2012: An inter-disciplinary project combining linguistics with the social sciences. Funded by the Regional Research Fund of North Norway (RFF-Nord) 2010-2011 and the Tromsø Research Foundation 2011-2013 (Other participants: Yulia Rodina, Tore Nesset, Natalia Kukarenko and Ann Therese Lotherington).
  • HSL Faculty Research Group on Multilingualism (Leader), 2010-2012, interdisciplinary research group with members from linguistics, education and the social sciences. The group received seed funding from HSL.
  • VIA Variation in the Input in Acquisition (Leader), 2006-2012 (with Merete Anderssen, Kristine Bentzen, Yulia Rodina). The project had a postdoc position funded by the University of Tromsø (filled by Kristine Bentzen 2008-2011). The project also obtained various types of small-scale funding to buy equipment and hire lab assistance. A subcomponent of the project involves a consideration of how children’s behavior with respect to word order variation may lead to diachronic change.
  • VAMOS Variation and Acquisition: Multiple Object and Subject positions (Project participant): A subproject of VIA focusing on syntactic constructions where subjects or objects may appear in several positions with respect to other elements in the clause, e.g. subject and object shift, particle shift, or the dative alternation. PI Professor Paula Fikkert, funded by the Tromsø Research Foundation 2008-2012 (Other participants: Merete Anderssen, Yulia Rodina).
  • N’CLAV Nordic Collaboration on Language Variation studies (Participant), network of twelve research groups (researchers and students) in theoretical, descriptive and applied linguistics focusing on variation across the Nordic languages, funded by NordForsk 2010–2012.
  • NORMS Nordic Center of Excellence in Microcomparative Syntax (Participant), funded by NOS-HS 2005-2010.
  • ScanDiaSyn Scandinavian Dialect Syntax (Participant), a collaboration of several research groups in the Nordic countries to investigate syntactic variation in the dialects of the Nordic languages, funded by NordForsk 2005-2010.

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