Language Contact and Language Change across Three Generations in Turkish Families in Norway and France

During the first week of March, researchers from MultiLing, University of Oslo and Université de Rouen Normandie gathered at a workshop at MultiLing. This workshop did officially kick off the project Language Contact and Language Change across Three Generations in Turkish Families in Norway and France.

L-R: Louise Chandelier, Sébastien Lucas, Ingvild Nistov, Oksana Bailleul, Mehmet-Ali Akinci, Emel Türker-van der Heiden, Yeşim Sevinç, Marte Nordanger

L-R: Louise Chandelier, Sébastien Lucas, Ingvild Nistov, Oksana Bailleul, Mehmet-Ali Akinci, Emel Türker-van der Heiden, Yeşim Sevinç, Marte Nordanger. Not present: Foued Laroussi and Betül Ertek (Photo: UiO)

Exploring linguistic competence, language use and language choice of three generations of Turkish immigrants

This project aims to investigate language contact phenomena in an immigrant situation across three generations within the same family. More specifically, the aim is to explore linguistic competence, language use and language choice of three generations of Turkish immigrants living in Norway and France. The outcome will contribute to the limited body of comparative research across three generations. It will add to new knowledge and understanding of language maintenance and shift within immigrant families by combining both linguistic factors (i.e. language contact phenomena at lexical and structural level) and social factors (i.e. attitudes towards both the heritage language –Turkish– and majority languages –Norwegian and French). During this year, the participants aim to develop the project further.

Participating researchers

This joint research project between MultiLing, University of Oslo and Université de Rouen Normandie started in January 2017. The teams in Norway and France includes these researchers:

Associate Prof. Dr. Emel Türker-van der Heiden (Team leader in Norway - MultiLing, UiO)

Associate Prof. Dr. Ingvild Nistov (MultiLing affiliate, UiB)

PhD candidate Yesim Sevinç (MultiLing, UiO)

Dr. Marte Nordanger (ILN, UiO)

Prof. Dr. Mehmet-Ali Akinci (Team leader in France)

Prof. dr. Foued Laroussi (Université de Rouen Normandie)

PhD candidate Oksana Bailleul (Université de Rouen Normandie)

PhD candidate Sébastien Lucas (Université de Rouen Normandie)

PhD candidate Betül Ertek (Université de Rouen Normandie)

MA candidate Louise Chandelier (Université de Rouen Normandie)

Funding through the Aurora Program

As one of 14 research projects, Language Contact and Language Change across Three Generations in Turkish Families in Norway and France was granted funding through the Norwegian Research Council and Campus France’s Aurora Program. The Aurora program supports research collaboration between scientists who would like to enhance collaboration between research teams from Norway and France. It is a grant awarded for one year and for short-term stays in Norway and France.

By Kristin Myklestu
Published Mar. 7, 2017 3:42 PM - Last modified June 23, 2017 2:36 PM