Bente Ailin Svendsen

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Bente Ailin Svendsen is Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Scandinavian Linguistics. She initiated and co-developed MultiLing Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, a Center of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN), where she was the Deputy Director 2013-2015 and the Leader of Theme 2 Multilingual Practices 2016-2017.

Research

Svendsen has carried out research on multilingual socialisation, competence and use among children and adults; and on linguistic practices and identity constructions among young people in multilingual urban spaces. Her recent publications include the paper "The dynamics of citizen sociolinguistics" in Journal of Sociolinguistics, the book Language, Youth and Identity in the 21st Century. Linguistic Practices across Urban Spaces (co-edited With Jacomine Nortier, Cambridge UP, 2015), Multilingual Urban Scandinavia: New Linguistic Practices (co-edited with Pia Quist, Multilingual Matters, 2010), as well as papers in European Journal of Applied Linguistics, International Journal of Bilingualism and Nordic and Norwegian journals and books.

Teaching

Svendsen teaches courses on Multilingualism, Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Scandinavian linguistics.

Projects, dissemination, awards and appointments

Svendsen is the Department's former Research Director (2009-2012). She is Board member of the RCN program Cultural Conditions underlying Social Change (2011-2018) and Advisory Board member in the Language Council of Norway. From 2013-2017, Svendsen was the leader of the project Norwegian Romani.

She was a Board member of the SONE-network (Sociolinguistic network) 2011-2016, and editor of the journal Norwegian as a Second Language (NOA. Norsk som andrespråk) 2013-2015.

Svendsen led, developed and produced the language exhibition Oslo says. Language in the city at the Oslo City Museum in collaboration with Ingunn I. Ims, Tommy Sørbø and Tank Design. Open: May 2016-April 2018. Watch a documentary film here.

In 2017, Svendsen was granted the ILN's Dissemination Award 2016 for the language exhibition, and in 2018, she was for the article The dynamics of citizen sociolinguistics and the exhibition Oslo sier. Språk i byen granted the Knowledge Oslo Award 2017. As part of an author collective of the book Multilingualism in School, she won the Language Award in 2009 (ed. Rita Hvistendahl).

Svendsen led the RCN's Research Campaign 2014: Ta tempen på språket!  [Taking the temperature of language!] where all students in all grades in Norway were invited to be language researchers.

Tags: Sociolinguistics, Second language acquisition, Scandinavian linguistics, Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Discourse Analysis

Publications

Articles and books

Presentations

  • Svendsen, Bente Ailin (2018). The Dynamics of Citizen Sociolinguistics. Journal of Sociolinguistics.  ISSN 1360-6441. Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Lind, Marianne; Simonsen, Hanne Gram; Ribu, Ingeborg Sophie; Svendsen, Bente Ailin; Svennevig, Jan & de Bot, Kees (2017). Lexical access in a bilingual speaker with dementia: Changes over time. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics.  ISSN 0269-9206.  s 1- 25 . doi: 10.1080/02699206.2017.1381168 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Madsen, Lian Malai & Svendsen, Bente Ailin (2015). Stylized Voices of Ethnicity and Social Division, In Jacomine Nortier & Bente Ailin Svendsen (ed.),  Language, Youth and Identity in the 21st Century. Linguistic Practices across Urban Spaces.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781107016989.  10.  s 207 - 230
  • Svendsen, Bente Ailin (2015). Language, Youth and Identity in the 21st Century. Content and Continuations, In Jacomine Nortier & Bente Ailin Svendsen (ed.),  Language, Youth and Identity in the 21st Century. Linguistic Practices across Urban Spaces.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781107016989.  1.  s 3 - 23
  • Svendsen, Bente Ailin & Marzo, Stephania (2015). A ‘new’ speech style is born. The omnipresence of structure and agency in the life of semiotic registers in heterogeneous urban spaces. The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL.  ISSN 2192-1032.  3(1), s 47- 85 . doi: 10.1515/eujal-2015-0008 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Svendsen, Bente Ailin & Quist, Pia (2015). MultiNord 2007-2015: Et nettverk for forskning om språk i heterogene byrom - empiriske og teoretiske hovedlinjer. NOA. Norsk som andrespråk.  ISSN 0801-3284.  30(1-2), s 151- 194 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Svendsen, Bente Ailin (2014). Kebabnorskdebatten. En språkideologisk forhandling om sosial identitet. Tidsskrift for ungdomsforskning.  ISSN 1894-1036.  (1), s 33- 62 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary

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Published May 7, 2012 9:19 AM - Last modified July 5, 2018 4:02 AM