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



Serge Minor

Serge Minor is lab Director of C-LaBL and Senior Researcher (Forsker II) at the Department of Language and Culture.

Serge’s research interests lie in the domain of semantic and syntactic processing, multilingualism, and language acquisition. He has broad expertise in the application of statistical methods to the analysis of psycholinguistic data (offline judgements, eye tracking, EEG), with a particular interest in resampling methods and Bayesian data analysis. He also has a keen interest in emerging web-based research methodologies, such as webcam-based eye-tracking.

Serge has a background in theoretical semantics and syntax and semantic processing, and has worked on topics related to the processing and grammar of verbal aspect, quantification, number and person features, and control constructions.


Natalia Mitrofanova

Natalia Mitrofanova is one of the PIs of C-LaBL and an Associate Professor (Førsteamanuensis) at the Department of Language and Culture. 

Natalia’s work has focused on language acquisition and processing by monolingual and multilingual children and adults. She has expertise in a variety of experimental paradigms ranging from acceptability judgements and elicited production tasks to online Visual World eye-tracking experiments.

Natalia has worked on Russian, Norwegian, English, German and Spanish (in different combinations), and the following linguistic phenomena: locative utterances, grammatical gender, morphological case, verbal aspect, and word order. She is interested in conducting research on the crossroads of theoretical linguistics, language acquisition and psycholinguistics.


Mara van der Ploeg is a Higher Executive Officer (Føsrtekonsulent) in C-LaBL. She supports the lab by assisting C-LaBL and AcqVA Aurora researchers in their studies and handling administrative aspects of the lab. Mara has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Groningen. 


All members of the UiT Aurora Center for Language Acquisition, Variation, and Attrition (AcqVA Aurora) are members of the AcqVA Lab. You find an overview of the AcqVA Aurora members here.


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The AcqVA Lab collaborates and shares digital resources with the Language Technology and Data Analysis Laboratory (LADAL) in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland.

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