AcqVA Aurora Lab

Laboratory of the Aurora Center for Language Acquisition, Variation, and Attrition
AcqVA Aurora Lab

Best article in Second Language Research 2021-23 by Marit Westergaard!

We are happy to announce that Marit Westergaard has won the Michael Sharwood Smith Award for best article in Second Language Research 2021-23, for the keynote Microvariation in multilingual situations: The importance of property-by-property acquisition. The article is now made available Open Access. You can read more about the award here.

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Pouran Seifi is joining our team at AcqVa Aurora as a MSCA Fellow

We are happy to announce that Pouran Seifi is joining our team at AcqVa Aurora as a MSCA Fellow!

She will be working on the project Cross-linguistic influence in third language acquisition: Sentence processing, comprehension and production by child Turkish-Norwegian heritage bilinguals (TomRis) with Natalia Mitrofanova and Marit Westergaard!

The project TomRis advances our knowledge about the functioning of a child’s multilingual brain and uncovers how a multilingual heritage speaker processes and comprehends a third language in real-time. TomRis is the first study to investigate how typological primacy and structural proximity between the involved languages affect cross-linguistic influence in the processing and comprehension of a third language during reading. The question is whether the (mis)matched properties in morpho-syntactic structures in the prior languages, which are typologically close (Norwegian/ Dutch) to or distant (Turkish) from English, facilitate the processing of L3 English sentences. TomRis offers a groundbreaking approach to capturing the traces of L1 and L2 in processing L3 English by focusing on the same heritage language (Turkish) in two different linguistic contexts (Norway/ the Netherlands). Also, it keeps the task constant in obtaining offline (grammaticality judgement) and online (eye-tracking) processing data during reading. A further novelty in TomRis is the focus on two distinct development stages of language learning to compare the degree and source of CLI in L3 English processing and comprehension at different stages of acquisition. Also, I will match the participants not only based on their proficiency in the L3 (thus isolating potential effects of CLI from previously acquired languages) but also based on their language proficiency in the background languages. Gaining a deep understanding of the factors that facilitate or interfere with CLI in multilingual children is a good investment for the further development of the field. The results will be crucial for all who have to deal with the challenges of multilingual children’s language learning such as language educators, policymakers, language therapists, and parents.

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Two new MSCA Fellowships in AcqVA!

Amazing news! Two Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships were granted to caome work at AcqVA! Kirill Elin is coming to AcqVA Aurora to work with Vincent DeLuca and Janson Rothman. He has a great project that fits squarely into Theme IV of AcqVA and very complementary to the large Bilingualism and Cognitive …

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Kletsheads podcast on Internal and External Factors in Heritage Language Acquisition

The latest episode of Kletsheads in English featured a study by our dearest Yulia Rodina, Tanja Kupisch, Natalia Meir, Natalia Mitrofanova, Olga Urek & Marit Westergaard: Internal and External Factors in Heritage Language Acquisition: Evidence From Heritage Russian in Israel, Germany, Norway, Latvia and the United Kingdom. Frontiers in Education https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2020.00020.

Listen it here.

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Call for papers – 4th International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC 2022)

Abstract Submission deadline: March 1st, 2022 The 4th International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC 2022) August 4th and 5th, 2022 The Aurora Center for Language Acquisition, Variation & Attrition (AcqVA Aurora) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway is pleased to invite you to the 4th International Symposium on Bilingual …

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Five calls for postdoc candidates interested in applying for a MSCA Individual Fellowship in Linguistics

Are you interested in doing a postdoc project on multilingualism in an active and productive research environment? Then you should consider applying for a Marie Curie fellowship to join the AcqVA Aurora Centre (Acquisition, Variation & Attrition) at UiT! We have five (!) prolific researchers that may become your MSCA …

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2-year postdoc position at the project ADIM (Across-Domain Investigations in Multilingualism)

A 2-year postdoc position is available at UiT for the project ADIM (Across-Domain Investigations in Multilingualism), funded by EEA Norway grants, PIs Magdalena Wrembel (Poznan) and Marit Westergaard (UiT). One corresponding postdoc position will soon be advertised at NTNU in Trondheim, and two at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.   …

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