LINGUIST List 32.1567

Thu May 06 2021

Jobs: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics: Post Doc, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 06-May-2021
From: Natalia Mitrofanova <>
Subject: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics: Post Doc, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
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University or Organization: UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Department: Department of Language and Culture
Job Location: Tromsø, Norway
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Multilingualism

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics


The AcqVA Aurora Centre currently consists of more approximately 40 active researchers, including ten professors/associate professors, a lab director, eleven researchers/postdoctoral fellows, five MSCA postdocs, four PhD students, and eight Professor II positions (20%), who are top, internationally recognized leaders in their field.

AcqVA Aurora is a UiT Aurora Centre, funded for the period 2020-2024. The highly competitive UiT Aurora Centre scheme provides funding to research groups that demonstrate academic excellence, in order to strengthen their capacity to be successful in the competition for larger external funding. The advertised Postdoctor/Researcher position is funded directly by the Aurora Centre grant and will give the successful candidate the opportunity to work closely with an outstanding team of linguists.

The advertized postdoc/researcher position will be linked to Theme 2 of AcqVA Aurora.

Theme 2 is led by Professor Merete Anderssen and Dr. Natalia Mitrofanova and also includes Adjunct Professor Ludovica Serratrice (University of Reading) as well as several other members from the AcqVA Aurora Centre. The aim of the theme is to establish the nature and extent of crosslinguistic influence (CLI) in multilingual minds. In doing so, we will work on various populations and different age groups with the aim of teasing apart CLI from other factors affecting the outcome in multilingual acquisition. For heritage speakers, we propose a new methodology which will enable us to disentangle CLI from the effects of reduced input. We will go beyond comparing bilingual children to monolinguals and make a comparison across multiple bilingual populations. In doing this, we will keep one language - the target - constant and vary the second language parametrically (based on the presence and absence of certain grammatical features). We will match the participants by their exposure to the target language, thus making sure that the only difference between the groups is their other language(s). This means that if we find any differences in the way the bilingual groups comprehend or produce the target language, we will be able to confidently attribute these differences to the influence coming from their other languages. In our investigation of the role of CLI in non-native languages, we will also aim to control for other factors, such as amount of exposure and cognitive abilities. The findings of the project will have important implications for the theoretical field of multilingualism, as well as practical implications for language teaching.

We solicit proposals on a variety of linguistic phenomena involving different language combinations and populations, the latter including both language acquisition (2L1, child and adult L2, L3, etc.) and attrition (in adults and children). We especially, but not exclusively, welcome projects that consider one or more of the following:
- What role structural overlap plays in crosslinguistic influence;
- How experiential factors and general processing load can be teased apart from crosslinguistic influence; and
- How comparisons between heritage speakers of the same language with different majority languages (rather than comparisons to monolinguals) can help us isolate crosslinguistic influence from other factors determining language outcomes.

Projects involving any language combinations are welcome. However, proposals involving Norwegian as one of the languages are of particular interest.

To apply, please visit the application link below.

Application Deadline: 17-Jun-2021

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Professor Merete Anderssen

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