Research topic: Norwegian as a Second Language
How do we acquire new languages, and what characterizes languages we develop once the first language is established? What characterizes multilingualism? These are questions that are focused on in the field of research of Norwegian as a second language.
The main focus is both the formal and the informal acquisition and use of the second language.
Various aspects of the language system are studied, such as the sound system, vocabulary and grammar. Another central topic is conversational analysis, and research is conducted on identity negotiation, cultural encounters and literature in a multicultural context.
Topics relating to the school situation for pupils from minority language groups are also studied as part of this field; we look at the challenges the school system faces when many pupils do not have Norwegian as their first language, and what it means to acquire specialized knowledge in a new language. Training in the basic skills of reading and writing is central.