LINGUIST List 26.2981

Mon Jun 22 2015

Support: Language Acquisition / Norway

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 22-Jun-2015
From: Marit Westergaard <>
Subject: Language Acquisition, PhD, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
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Department: Department of Language and Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: UiT - The Arctic University of Norway

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition


For a number of years, the acquisition research group at CASTL/Department of Language and Linguistics has worked on monolingual language acquisition, focusing on linguistic phenomena where there is variation in the input, e.g. word order variation expressing fine distinctions in syntax and information structure. In recent years, there has been an increased focus on variation in a bilingual/multilingual perspective, i.e. bilingual acquisition (2L1), second and third language acquisition (L2 and L3), as well as heritage languages (e.g. Norwegian in the USA or Russian in Norway). Recent and current research projects in the LAVA group study language combinations such as Norwegian-English, Norwegian-Russian, Norwegian-North Sami, Ukrainian-English, Latvian-Russian, Spanish-English-Portuguese, as well as English as an L3 (in combination with Norwegian and a Slavic language). There is also increasing interest in investigations of two closely related varieties, e.g. Brazilian-European Portuguese, Norwegian-Swedish, Spanish-Catalan, or two Norwegian dialects. The advertised PhD position opens up for research projects on the same or other relevant language or dialect combinations.

The work of the LAVA group has a theoretical foundation and the focus is on the mental grammars of various populations of speakers. The object of study is syntactic microvariation and the importance of factors such as complexity, frequency or economy in the acquisition process and in heritage language situations. The research methodology includes both corpora of spontaneous production as well as different types of experimental work (production experiments, eyetracking). Applicants for the advertised PhD position should propose a research project that will strengthen and complement the research profile of the LAVA group.

Applications Deadline: 17-Aug-2015

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Professor Marit Westergaard
        Phone:+47 776 44256

Page Updated: 22-Jun-2015