AcqVA: Acquisition, Variation & Attrition

Previous members and completed PhDs

Anna Giskes, PhD Candidate NTNU To page about Anna Giskes.

Research interests: Sentence processing, experimental syntax, anaphora, intrusion effects, processing models, Dutch, English, Norwegian, Danish.

Yvonne van Baal, Postdoc NTNU
To page about Yvonne van Baal.

Research interests: Syntax and morphology, multilingualism, dialect variation, language acquisition, heritage languages including American Norwegian, definiteness, grammatical gender.

Stefanie Wulff, Professor II UiT To page about Stefanie Wulff.

Research interests: Quantitative corpus linguistics, construction grammar, variation in learner language, second language acquisition, student writing development.

Jon Andoni Duñabeitia Landaburu, Professor II UiTTo Jon Andoni Duñabeitia Landaburu's website.

Research interests: Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Science of Language, Bilingual Word Processing, Emotion, Executive Functions, Visual Word Recognition, Literacy.

Tanja Kupisch, Professor II UiTTo page about Tanja Kupisch.

Research interests: Language acquisition (L1, L2, L3, bilingual), language attrition, language dominance, bilectal acquisition, DP syntax and semantics (gender, adjective placement, definiteness, genericity), foreign accent, Italian, French, German, English, Turkish.

Alexandra Bogoyavlenskaya, Research Assistant UiT, AcqVA Aurora

Alexandra Bogoyavlenskaya.

Research interests: Bi- and multilingualism, second and third language acquisition, atypical language development.

Alicia Luque, Postdoc UiTAlicia Luque.

Research interests: Adult second language acquisition, heritage speaker bilingualism, acquisition and processing of (morpho)syntax using psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic methods.

Deniz Tat, MSCA Fellow UiTDeniz Tat,

Research interests: Morphology and syntax, language variation and change, heritage language bilingualism, Turkish microvariation.

Sigríður Björnsdóttir, PhD Candidate UiTSigríður Björnsdóttir.

Dissertation title: Discovering gender and inflection. A view from Icelandic
Defense date: September 20, 2021
Committee: Jennifer Culbertson (Edinburgh), Kathryn Schuler (Pennsylvania), Peter Svenonius (Tromsø)
PhD dissertation may be downloaded here

Rachel Klassen, MSCA Fellow UiT
Rachel Klassen,

Research interests: Second language acquisition, bilingualism, mental lexicon, language processing, grammatical gender, morphosyntax, experimental design, eye-tracking, Spanish, German, French

Zeynep Sancak Sert, Research assistant UiTZeynep Sancak Sert.

Research interests: Second and third language acquisition, multilingualism, heritage languages, neurolinguistic and psycholinguistic methodologies used to understand second language acquisition and processing

Tina Louise Ringstad, PhD Candidate NTNU

Tina Louise Ringstad.

Dissertation title: Acquiring variation. A study of children’s and adults’ embedded clause word orders in Norwegian – distribution, development and effects
Defense date: 2021
PhD dissertation may be downloaded here

Eirik Hvidsten, PhD Candidate NTNUEirik Hvidsten.

Dissertation title: Syntaxe et acquisition du pronom en: Eléments pour une description formelle d’un clitique du français contemporain
Defense date: April 23, 2021
CommitteeYves Roberge (Toronto), Elisabeth Stark (Zürich), Kjersti Faldet Listhaug (Trondheim).
PhD dissertation may be downloaded here.

Nicole Busby, PhD Candidate NTNUTo page about 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, PhD Candidate UiT
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 To page about Ragnhild Eik.

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 Grimstad, PhD Candidate NTNUTo page about Maren Berg Grimstad.

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 UiTEline Grønvoll.


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

Tor-Willy Knudsen, Assistant UiTTor-Willy Knudsen.

Evelina Leivada, Postdoc UiTEvelina Leivada.

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 UiTJames David McDonald.


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

Natalia Mitrofanova, PhD Candidate UiT
To page about 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, PhD Candidate NTNU

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 UiTZoe Schlueter.

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 To page about Anne Mette Sunde.

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, PhD Candidate UiT

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, PhD Candidate UiTMarta 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, PhD Candidate UiT

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