The Research Group in Clinical Linguistics and Language Acquisition consists of researchers and PhD students at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, and also includes researchers from collaborating institutions. We organize a monthly forum for clinical linguistics and language acquisition (often in Norwegian), normally on Thursdays at 14:15.
Audun is a PhD fellow at MultiLing, University of Oslo. He has a background in psychology and as a preschool teacher. His research interest spans the early years of cognitive development, especially language acquisition and the role of environmental input in shaping language outcomes.
Audun will give the talk in English.
Helena is a postdoctoral researcher at Halmstad University, Sweden. With a background in computational linguistics and disability research, she has specialized in aphasia, identity and narrative agency.
Helena will give her talk in English.
Ane is a PhD fellow at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian studies at the University of Oslo (UiO), she is also affiliated with MultiLing. Ane has an MA in linguistics from UiO. She has previously worked on a variety of different projects as a research assistant, involving data collection with child and adult populations.
Ane will give the talk in English.
Michelle has an MSc from the European Masters in Clinical Linguistics (University of Groningen) and a PhD from Stellenbosch University. Since obtaining her PhD she has worked as a postdoc for the University of Cape Town, forming part of a team adapting child language assessments into six South African languages. Michelle will be starting as a postdoc at MultiLing later this year.
Michelle will give the talk in English.
Dr Suzanne Beeke is an associate professor in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London, and a qualified speech and language therapist. Her research focuses on communication disability in adults with post-stroke aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and dementia, particularly the impact of these conditions on everyday conversations in the home and on healthcare interactions. She led the team that developed Better Conversations with Aphasia (@BCAphasia), a free e-learning resource and communication training programme for SLTs to use with people with aphasia and family members (https://extend.ucl.ac.uk/). She was part of the Nottingham-based NIHR HR&DS funded VOICE Study, which developed communication training for healthcare professionals interacting with people with dementia on acute hospital wards (@voice_study).
Suzanne Beeke's talk will be in English.
Mia Cecilie Heller is a senior advisor at Statped, section for speech and language impairments. She has a PhD in educational psychology (from University of Oslo, Department of Education) and has previously worked as a lecturer (Department of Special Needs Education, UiO) and as a school psychologist (School Psychologist Service in Oslo). Her research interests concern language development in second-language learners, developmental language disorders and interventions that can promote children’s language learning in school.
Mia Cecilie Heller's talk will be in Norwegian.
Natalia Kartushina is an Associate Professor in Psycholinguistics, who joined MultiLing in December 2020. She holds a PhD in Experimental Psycholinguistics (University of Geneva) and had previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at BCBL (Spain) and BabyLing (Institute for Psychology, UiO). Her research interests cover first and second-language phonological/lexical acquisition and the role of environment in shaping language learning.
Kristen Schroeder is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas (IFFIK), joining the University of Oslo in December 2020. Under the supervision of Ingrid Lossius Falkum, she is developing the Norwegian Research Council project entitled, ‘Creativity and Convention in Pragmatic Development’, which assesses pragmatic language development among children with and without Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). Kristen holds an MA and PhD in Cognitive Science and Language from the University of Barcelona.
The presentation will be given in English.
Ellisiv has a BA and MA in linguistics from the University of Oslo, and finished her MA thesis in the fall semester of 2020. Since then she has been working at Biblioteksentralen as a marketing consultant, mostly focusing on our communication with Norwegian publishers.
Junyi Yang is a Doctoral research fellow at the Department of Education, and a member of the research group Text Comprehension: Development, Instruction and Multiple Texts (TextDIM). She has a background as a language teacher for young learners, and an MA in Early Language Education from University of Eastern Finland. She also works as a volunteer in teaching Chinese at Kinesisk Skole i Norge.
Maria Garraffa is Assistant Professor at Heriot- Watt University (Edinburgh) where she teaches and does research on Language Acquisition and impairment. In collaboration with leading scholars, some of her key achievements include the development of the first UK psychological test to assess reading in adults with language disorders and a model to investigate vulnerable aspects of language in children with language impairment and adults suffering from stroke. Developed in parallel with a core interest for language impairment, her research on multilingualism addresses the effects of early second language learning in immigrants and people speaking heritage languages. She is the director of the Language Across the Life Span lab, based in Edinburgh and Malaysia (https://langlife.hw.ac.uk).
She was Research fellow at University of Siena, Milano Bicocca, Newcastle University and Edinburgh University.
On Thursday 12.12, Tahreem Ghazal Siddiqui will present two studies about elderly hospital patients. Siddiqui is a PhD student in the research group for Health services research unit, Ahus and Institute of Clinical Medicine, UiO. In her PhD project, she investigates cognitive effects of medication and doctor-patient communication among older patients.
Maurits van den Noort is a regular professor at Kyung Hee University (Seoul) in the Research Group of Pain and Neuroscience. Maurits is our guest for our December's clinical forum, where he will present some of his research on bilingualism and cognitve control.
Sari Ylinen is a researcher at the department of Education at the University of Helsinki. She will present some of her ongoing work at the clinical forum on November 14th
Frank Wijnen, professor in Language processing and language pathology at Utrecht University, will visit Oslo this fall, and give a presentation at the Forum for Clinical Linguistics and Language Acquisition on October 24th, titled "What Statistical Learning Studies Have to Say about (Disordered) Language Acquisition". The event will take place in English and is open to everyone.
On October 10th, Elisabet García González will present her PhD project at the Forum for Clinical Linguistics and Language Acquisition. Her talk is titled “The role of individual differences in Executive Function in bilingual children: can we predict balanced bilingualism?". The event will take place in English and is open to everyone.
Gabrielle Weidemann, associate professor in psychology at Western Sydney University, will come to the Forum for Clinical Linguistics and Language Acquisition September 5th to give a lecture titled «The influence of word and object salience on word learning under ambiguous conditions». The event will take place in English and is open to everyone.
At the Forum for clinical linguistics and language acquisition June 6, MultiLing postdoc Kate Kuzmina will present her research on cognitive control and language ability effects of psycholinguistic variables on object naming among persons with aphasia.
Julien Mayor is associate professor at Department of Psychology, UiO. He will visit us to present a new short version of the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories, soon to be available for researchers.
Our new Marie S. Curie postdoctoral fellow Liquan Liu will talk at the Forum for Clinical Linguistics and Language Acquisition about his new research project at MultiLing.
The Research group in clinical linguistics and language acquisition are pleased to invite you to a half-day symposium on language and the brain. Speakers: Annika Hultén (Aalto University) , Kasper Boye (University of Copenhagen) & Thomas Bak (University of Edinburgh).
Johanna Rendle-Short, associate professor at the Australian National University, will give a guest lecture on pragmatic impairment in children diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism.
May 24 Melanie Kirmess will visit Forum for clinical linguistics and language acquisition to present research on SunCIST, a program for language treatment for persons with aphasia, tested at Sunnaas rehabilitation hospotal.
On April 26th, Valantis Fyndanis, postdoc at MultiLing, and Sarah Cameron, MA student at ILN, will give a talk on cognitive advantages of bilingualism at the Forum for clinical linguistics and language acquisition.
On Thursday April 12th, Natalia Kartushina, postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Psychology, will come to the Forum for clinical linguistics and language acquisition to give a talk on how acoustic variability may both aid and slow down phonological development in an L1 or L2.