Previous members and completed PhDs


Nicole Busby

Dissertation title: Presumptions, proficiencies, and parallel languages: Investigating academic English reading among Norwegian university students
Defense date: November 20, 2020
Committee: Philip Shaw (Stockholm), Elke Peters (Leuven), Annjo K. Greenall (Trondheim)
PhD dissertation may be downloaded here.

Tammer Castro
Tammer Castro

Dissertation title: Heritage and adult L2 acquisition of empty categories in a bidialectal-bilingual context
Defense date: November 24, 2016
Committee: Ester Rinke (Frankfurt), Ruth Lopes (Campinas), Antonio Fábregas (Tromsø)
PhD dissertation may be downloaded here.

Ragnhild Eik, PhD Candidate, NTNU Ragnhild

Dissertation title: The Morphosyntax of Compounding in Norwegian
Defense date: May 3, 2019.
Committee: David Adger (Queen Mary), Gunlög Josefsson (Lund) and Ivar Berg (Trondheim)
PhD dissertation may be downloaded here.

Maren Berg GrimstadMaren

Dissertation title: English-origin verbs in American Norwegian: A morphosyntactic analysis of mixed verbs
Defense date: September 7, 2018
Committee: Mike Putnam (Penn State), Frans Gregersen (Copenhagen) and Kristin Melum Eide (Trondheim)
PhD dissertation may be downloaded here.

Eline Grønvoll, Research assistant UiTscreen-shot-2016-12-20-at-08-44-45


Research interests: Syntactic variation and change, dialect syntax, language impairment.

Tor-Willy Knudsen, Assistant UiTscreen-shot-2016-12-20-at-08-44-45

Evelina Leivada, Postdoc UiT

Research interests: Language variation, monolingual and bilingual language acquisition, the ‘dialect’ design, atypical development, language and cognition in Specific Language Impairment, autism and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

James David McDonald, Research assistant UiT


Research interests: Slavic languages (Russian, Czech, Serbian), Germanic languages (Norwegian, German, Dutch), Romance languages (French, Spanish, Italian), morphology, syntax, corpus data.

Natalia Mitrofanova
Natalia Mitrofanova

Dissertation title: Paths and Places: Aspects of Grammar and Acquisition​
Defense date: November 1, 2016
Committee: Natalia Gagarina (Berlin), Sonja Eisenbeiss (Essex/Cologne), Tarald Taraldsen (Tromsø)
PhD dissertation may be downloaded here

Brita Ramsevik Riksem


Dissertation title: Language mixing in American Norwegian noun phrases: an exoskeletal analysis of synchronic and diachronic patterns
Defense date:
Comittee: Elena Anagnostopoulou (Crete), Ida Larsson (Oslo) and Andrew Weir (Trondheim)
PhD dissertation may be downloaded here

Zoe Schlueter, Postdoc UiT

Research interests: Formal analyses in syntax ans semantics with psycholinguistic experimentation using behavioral and electrophysiological methods in both monolingual and bilingual speakers.

Anne Mette Sunde, PhD Candidate NTNU Anne

Dissertation title: Skjult påvirkning. Tre studier av engelskpåvirkning i norsk.
Supervisors: Kristin Melum Eide, Brit Mæhlum, Ivar Berg
Defense date: April 26, 2019
Committee: Henrik Gottlieb (Copenhagen), Tore Kristiansen (Copenhagen) and Anne Dahl (Trondheim)
PhD dissertation may be downloaded here

Olga Urek

Olga Urek

Dissertation title: Palatalization in Latvian
Defense date: May 23, 2016
Committee: Nicoleta Bateman (CSUSM), Francesc Torres-Tamarit (Paris), Tore Nesset (Tromsø)
PhD dissertation may be downloaded here

Marta Velnic

Dissertation title: The Acquisition of Double Object Constructions in Croatian Child Language
Defense date: February 22, 2018
Committee: Bernhard Brehmer (Greifswald), Tihana Kraš (Rijeka), Tanja Kupisch (Tromsø)
PhD dissertation may be downloaded here

Anna Wolleb

Dissertation title: Syntactic representations in the bilingual mind: the role of executive function and pragmatics in cross-language priming
Defense date: December 10, 2015
Committee: Ludovica Serratrice (Manchester), Holly Branigan (Edinburgh), Øystein Vangsnes (Tromsø)
PhD dissertation may be downloaded here.

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