Bente Ailin Svendsen

Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Scandinavian Linguistics
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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. She is now the Leader of Theme 2 Multilingual Practices.

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 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 articles in the European Journal of Applied Linguistics, International Journal of Bilingualism and Nordic and Norwegian journals and books.

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

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 she was the editor of the journal Norwegian as a Second Language (NOA. Norsk som andrespråk) 2013-2015.

Svendsen was the project leader of the language exhibition Oslo says. Language in the city at the Oslo City Museum. Open: May 2016-December 2017. Watch documentary film here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Svendsen led the RCN's Research Campaign 2014: Ta tempen på språket!  [Taking the temperature on language] in which 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

Quist, P. & B. A. Svendsen 2015. MultiNord 2007–2015: Et nettverk for forskning om språk i heterogene byrom – empiriske og teoretiske hovedlinjer (MultiNord 2007-2015: A network for research on language in multilingual urban spaces]. NOA. Norsk som andrespråk 1-2: 151-194.

Nortier, J. & B. A. Svendsen 2015. Language, Youth and Identity in the 21st Century. Linguistic Practices across Urban Spaces. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Svendsen, B. A. & S. Marzo 2015. A 'new' speech style is born. The omnipresence of structure and agency in the life of semiotic registers in heterogenous urban spaces. European Journal of Applied Linguistics 3 (1): 47-85.

Madsen, L. M. & B. A. Svendsen 2015. Stylized voices of ethnicity and social division. In Nortier, J. & B. A. Svendsen (eds.), Language, Youth and Identity in the 21st Century. Linguistic Practices across Urban Spaces. Cambridge University. 207-230.

Svendsen, B.A. 2015. Language, youth and identity in the 21st century. Content and continuations. In Nortier, J. & B. A. Svendsen (eds.), Language, Youth and Identity in the 21st Century. Linguistic Practices across Urban Spaces. Cambridge University Press. 3-23.

Svendsen, B. A. 2014. Kebabnorskdebatten.En språkideologisk forhandling om sosial identitet. Tidsskrift for ungdomsforskning 2014 (1): 33-62.

Svendsen, B. A. 2012. Et språklig bakholdsangrep? "Østfold l-ens" inntog i Oslo. I: Fra holtijaR til holting. [A Linguistic Ambush? The March of Apical /ɭ/ in Oslo]. In Enger, H.O. og U. Røyneland (red.), Fra holtijaR til holting. Oslo: Novus. 349-366.

Svendsen, B. A. 2011. Fra språklig leilending til entreprenør? [A linguistic tenant farmer or entrepreneur?] I God(t) no(rs)k? - Språk og integrering. Integreringskartet, IMDI.

Uri, H. J. S. Nilsen, A. Østby og B.A. Svendsen 2011. Fakta faen. Oslo: Cappelen Damm.

Quist. P. & B. A. Svendsen 2010. MultiLingual Urban Scandinavia. New Linguistic Practices. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

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