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The network focused on how children learn words and sounds in their first and second languages. NorPhLex was active from 2012 to 2014. 

About the network

The network focused on how Scandinavian and Estonian children acquire the words and sounds of their first language, and how children with Danish, Estonian, Norwegian, Sami or Swedish as their second language learn these languages. 

The full name of the network is Phonological and lexical acquisition in mono- and bilingual children in the Nordic and the Baltic states.

The network includes partners from:

  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom


  • Do research on the relationship between phonological and lexical development in mono- and bilingual children in Scandinavia and Estonia.
  • Develop Communicative Development Inventories (CDIs) for languages that do not have them (Sami).
  • Develop CDI norms for languages that lack them (Sami).
  • Develop CDI based assessment tools for bilingual children (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Estonian).
  • Make CDI-data more accessible for cross-linguistic research through CLEX.
  • Research training
    • Ph.D. course 1: Theories in child language research
    • Ph.D. course 2: Methodology in child language research


  • Kick-off Seminar. 11–13 January, 2012, Klækken Hotel, Hønefoss, University of Oslo.
  • Workshop 1 and PhD Course: Methods in child language. 12 - 16 November 2012, Stockholm University. 
  • Workshop 2 and PhD Course in Theories in Language Acquisition. 24-28 June 2013, University of Southern Denmark, taking place at Nyborg.
  • The NorPhLex final seminar. 16-18 June 2013, Sommarøy hotel, outside of Tromsø.



Final report

The final report (pdf) from the NorPhLex network


Group A: University of Oslo and Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway

Leader: Professor Hanne Gram Simonsen (University of Oslo)


  • Professor Kristian E. Kristoffersen (University of Oslo)
  • Associate professor Nina Gram Garmann (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)
  • Associate Professor Janne von Koss Torkildsen (University of Oslo)
  • Associate professor Kari-Anne Bottegaard Næss (University of Oslo)
  • PhD student Pernille Hansen
  • PhD student Anna Sara Romøren (associated)

Group B: University of Tromsø I, Norway

Leader: Professor and Director of CASTL Marit Westergaard


  • Post doctor Merete Anderssen
  • Post doctor Kristine Bentzen
  • Post doctor Roksolana Mykhaylyk
  • Post doctor Yulia Rodina
  • PhD student Berit Anne Bals Baal
  • PhD student Anna Wolleb
  • PhD student Olga Urek
  • PhD student Natalia Mitrofanova
  • PhD student Marta Velnic

Group C: University of Tromsø II, Norway

Leader: Associate professor Trude Nergård Nilssen


  • PhD student Ingrid C. Nordli
  • PhD student Astrid Unhjem
  • PhD student Ømur C. Ryeng    

Group D: University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Leader: Professor and Head of Center for Child Language Dorthe Bleses


  • Associate professor Anders Højen
  • Excecutive officer Rune Nørgaard Jørgensen
  • PhD student Laila Kjærbæk
  • PhD student Justin Markussen-Brown
  • Part time lecturer Thomas O Madsen

Group E: University of Gävle, Sweden

Leader: Associate professor Mårten Eriksson

Group F: Stockholm University, Sweden

Leader: Professor Francisco Lacerda


  • Assistant professor Iris Corinna-Schwarz
  • PhD Eva Berglund
  • PhD student Ellen Marklund
  • PhD student Ulrika Marklund
  • PhD student Lena Renner
  • PhD student Christine Cox Eriksson
  • PhD student Elisabet Eir Cortes

Group G: University of Tallin and University of Tartu, Estonia

Leader: Associate professor Reili Argus, University of Tallin


  • Professor Tiia Tulviste, University of Tartu
  • PhD student Pirko Tõugu
  • PhD student Airi Kapanen
  • PhD student Helen Kõrgesaar
  • PhD student Ada Urm

Group H: University of York and Newcastle University, UK

Leader: Professor Marilyn Vihman, University of York


  • Lecturer Tamar Keren-Portnoy, University of York
  • Lecturer Ghada Khattab, Newcastle University
  • Post doctor Jalal Al-Tamimi, Newcastle University
  • PhD student Marta Szreder, University of York
  • PhD student Shaima Al-Qattan, Newcastle University
  • PhD student Catherine Laing, University of York
  • PhD student Mariam Dar, University of York

Group I: Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Latvia

Leader: Professor Dace Markus


  • Project assistant Laura Valtere

Group J: University of the Faroe Islands

Leader: PhD student Sissal M. Rasmussen

Published Sep. 1, 2011 10:29 AM - Last modified June 16, 2021 3:20 PM


Kristian Emil Kristoffersen

Hanne Gram Simonsen

Nina Gram Garmann