LINGUIST List 32.1693

Fri May 14 2021

Support: Indo-European; English; Language Acquisition: PhD, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 07-May-2021
From: Zeynep Sancak Sert <>
Subject: Indo-European; English; Language Acquisition: PhD, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
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Department: Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition

Required Language(s): English (eng)


A PhD position is available at the Department of Language and Culture, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education. The position will be linked to Theme 2 of AcqVA Aurora, which focuses on crosslinguistic influence in multilingualism.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.

The PhD fellow position is for a period of three years and full time studies with the possibility of an extension of the appointment period. If the doctoral dissertation is submitted for appraisal within 3 years or within 3,5 year, the PhD candidate is qualified for a completion grant for either 12 or 6 months. The completion grant should be used to further qualification measures such as courses in teaching in higher education, lecturing and other relevant work at the faculty.

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 AcqVA Aurora Centre currently consists of more than 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 our field. The group members are involved in a number of research projects both locally and internationally, e.g. the MuMin, MultiLit, MiMS and SALT projects financed by the Research Council of Norway, the MultiGender project funded by the Centre for Advanced Study, and the HeLPiNG project funded by the Tromsø Research Foundation. For further information about the group’s work and activities, see the website 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.

The focus of this Ph.D. position will be on second or third language acquisition within a classroom setting. We welcome proposals on different linguistic phenomena in language combinations involving Norwegian, English, Russian, Spanish and/or German. The project can involve one or a combination of these languages. For example, it may investigate the second language acquisition of English by Norwegian school children in an immersion school or in a regular classroom setting, or the L3 acquisition of Spanish by learners who already know Norwegian and English. Another possible project would be the acquisition of Norwegian as an L2/L3 in a classroom setting by learners with different L1, such as in introductory Norwegian classes for children, adolescents or adults. We solicit projects that consider what role structural overlap plays in crosslinguistic influence and how knowledge of previously acquired languages and crosslinguistic influence can be used in the teaching of foreign languages.

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Professor Merete Anderssen

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