Research topic: Multilingualism
The number of languages now co-existing in Norway is unprecedented, especially in urban areas.
Around 150 languages are spoken by pupils at Norwegian primary and secondary schools, with more 125 languages found in schools in Oslo. Although this is primarily the result of immigration in recent years, multilingualism has existed in Norway for many generations, especially in Northern Norway where Kven and Sami are spoken.
Researchers in this area are interested in both "old" and "new" multilingualism. We research how children learn two or more languages from birth, as well as how people learn a new language once they are older and have an established mother tongue. We research into the use of several languages in a single conversation (so-called code-switching) by children, young people and adults.
We are also interested in the influence on Norwegian of different languages and the status of various minority languages in Norway. To what extent will they survive or die out?