An overview of externally funded projects at CASTLFish. 


The MultiLit project explores several aspects of the Norwegian language situation with a comparative eye to the Frisian language situation in Fryslân. The main objective of the project is to investigate the contribution of diverse language internal literacy skills to academic achievement. The project highlights the acquisition of the two written Norwegian standards and the widespread practice of writing “in dialect” among Norwegian children and adolescents. The comparison with Frisian is interesting since  Frisian is less institutionalised than Nynorsk, the lesser used Norwegian language.
The project will be based in the research group on Reading, Writing and Language Development at the Sogndal campus of Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) and led by professor Øystein A. Vangsnes. It includes both national partners from different Norwegian institutions and international partners from various Dutch institutions.
Different working packages will investigate:
– Language separation in multilectal and monolectal adolescents (Lundquist)
– Written norms among multilectal and monolectal adolescents (Røyneland)
– Early standard language stimulation in multilectal and monolectal contexts (Bjørhusdal), and
– Developmental effects in multilectal and monolectal adolescents (Söderlund)
Time period: August 2020-2024
Funding: Research Council of Norway

PATH: Preservation and Adaptation in Turkish as Heritage Language

PATH examines the degree to which cognitive and external factors play a role in variation and change in Turkish as a heritage language. In order to do so, it closely examines a variety of morpho-phonological, lexical and syntactic properties of a micro-dialect of Turkish as spoken by a community in Drunen, a small town in the North Brabant province of the Netherlands. 

Time period: 2019-2021
Funding: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
PI: Deniz Tat


Modal Concepts and Compositionality: New Directions in Experimental Semantics

The project is an innovative approach to exploring the meaning of natural language as manifested in cognition. It intends to build up a framework for the semantic composition of modal meaning that goes beyond the description of sentential truth conditions, aiming in addition to distinguish competing semantic descriptions on the basis of psychological evidence.

Time period: 2018-2021
Funding: Research Council of Norway FRIPRO grand
Members: Gillian Ramchand, Sergey Minor, Myrte Vos


SALT: Syllable Structure: Acquisition, Loss, Typology 

The project intends to investigate the role of sonority, the sonority hierarchy and the sonority sequencing principle in the internal organization of syllables. 

Time period: 2017-2020
Funding: Research Council of Norway FRIPRO grand
Members: Martin Krämer (UIT), Olga Urek (UIT), Kate Zhakun (UIT),  Janet Grijzenhout (Leiden), Draga Zec (Cornell)





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