Our Reading Group!



We host a weekly Reading Group in which members of the lab and the community share their papers and review recent publications. This forum is open to those who wish to join and is a platform for meanginful discussion and ideas. If you would like to join the PoLaR Lab mailing list or to contribute a talk, please contact the Lab Manager Euan Morse here.


Current Autumn Semester Schedule



Date Start Time Presenter Affiliation (if external to UiT) Talk Format Title (if applicable)
16 August 15:30 Welcome Meeting n/a Welcome Back!
23 August 15:30 Britta Elvevaag UiT Invited Speaker Clinical applications of natural language processing technology (and automatic speech recognition)
30 August 15:30 Anita Auer Université de Lausanne Invited Speaker Swiss German Dialects in the Diaspora: New Glarus, Wisconsin (1845 to the present)
6 September 15:30 Vince DeLuca UiT Paper Discussion The Bilingual Advantage in Children’s Executive Functioning is not related language status: A Meta-Analytic review, (2021) Lowe et al.
13 September 15:30 Sibylla Leon Guerrero Harvard University Invited Speaker Functional connectivity reflects adolescent home language skills during naturalistic science lesson video
20 September 15:30 Postponed Postponed Postponed Postponed
27 September 15:30 Jorge Valdés Kroff and Lauren Salig University of Florida Invited Speaker Moving from bilingual traits to states: The case for a States-based approach in bilingualism Research
4 October 15:30 Kyle Swanson Indiana University Invited Speaker A full parse or a shallow structure in L2? An ERP study of anaphora in successive-cyclic wh-movement in L1-Mandarin/L2-English
11 October 15:30 Cecile De Cat University of Leeds Invited Speaker Discussing: Predicting language proficiency in bilingual children, (2020) De Cat.
18 October 15:00 Theresa Mikalsen and Tor Gisle Lorentzen UiT Workshop ERC Grant writing workshop
25 October 15:00 Maki Kubota UiT Project Discussion HeLPING: Charting the development of heritage language development of Japanese children—Insights from Japanese monolingual data
1 November 15:00 Simon Devylder UiT Project Discussion TBA
8 November 15:00 Alex Sheehan UoR Paper Discussion / PhD project discussion Bilingual experience and intrinsic functional connectivity in adults, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease, (2021), Jafari et al.
15 November 15:00 Zofia Wodniecka and Patrycja Kałamała Jagiellonian University Paper Discussion Bilingualism caught in a net. A new approach to understanding the complexity of bilingual experience
22 November 15:00 Steffi Wulff et al UiT Workshop Journal Publishing and Reviewing workshop
29 November 18:00 Sendy Caffarra Stanford Invited Speaker (Online only) The impact of foreign accent on utterance comprehension (ONLINE ONLY – LATER START)
6 December 15:00 Federico Gallo National Research University – Moscow Invited Speaker TBA
13 December 15:00 Darlene Keydeniers and Anne-Mieke Thieme Project Discussion Project Mind
20 December 15:00 Concepcion Soto Garcia Melendez University of Essex Project Discussion TBA