Nora Dörnbrack

Doctoral Research Fellow - Britisk-amerikansk
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Academic interests

Historical sociolinguistics, multilingualism, language variation and change, language contact, English, Norwegian and other Germanic languages.


I am a Doctoral Research Fellow in English historical linguistics at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo. I have a bachelor's degree in Scandinavian studies and English and American studies from the University of Greifswald, Germany, and a master's degree in Scandinavian linguistics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In my master's thesis, I examined the multilingual practices of the Schleswigian immigrant Herman Hoë and his family in Trondheim, Norway, during the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

I am currently the representative for temporary staff in the department board at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages.

Dissertation project

My dissertation project Writing Language Herstory from Below: British Women's Multilingual Resources in Nineteenth-Century America explores the written multilingual practices of British women who migrated to North America during the nineteenth century. As part of the approach to write language history from below, this project aims to broaden our understanding of past linguistic practices by focusing on women's written language use. The material for this study comes from women's private text production, i.e. letters, diaries, memoirs and notebooks, and spans from a couple of years to several decades. A qualitative approach enables me to trace linguistic practices over time and take intra-individual variation into consideration.

Courses taught

Between autumn 2019 and spring 2020, I contributed to the following courses at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology:


Positions held

  • 2019–2020: Research assistent, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


Tags: Historical sociolinguistics, Multilingualism, Language variation, Language Contact and Language Change, English


  • Dörnbrack, Nora (2020). Historisk flerspråklighet blant flensburgere i Trondheim. Skriftspråk og talemål i familien til Herman Hoë (1751–1837). Maal og Minne.  ISSN 0024-855X.  112(1), s 1- 26

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  • Dörnbrack, Nora (2021). Longitudinal variation in verb inflection in Mary Ann Wodrow Archbald’s writings.
  • Dörnbrack, Nora (2021). Longitudinal variation in verb inflection in the writings of the Scottish migrant Mary Ann Wodrow Archbald (1762-1841).
  • Dörnbrack, Nora (2021). Multilingual practices in British women’s private correspondence.
  • Dörnbrack, Nora (2021). Tracing language contact and multilingual resources in the writings of three nineteenth-century women migrants.
  • Dörnbrack, Nora (2019). Flerspråklige Trondheimere på 1700- og 1800-tallet i Trondheim. Om bruken av brevmateriale fra Statsarkivet i språkhistorisk forskning..
  • Dörnbrack, Nora (2019). Flerspråklighet og språkkontakt på 1700- og 1800-tallet i Trondheim.
  • Dörnbrack, Nora (2019). Fra skrift til tale - brevmateriale fra dansketiden som utgangspunkt for forskning på historisk flerspråklighet.
  • Buerskogen, Linnea Eirin Timmermann; Dörnbrack, Nora & Segtnan, Thea (2017). Oversettelse eller en "klønete bearbeidelse". Om en uautorisert oversettelse av "Samfunnets støtter". Mellom. Tidsskrift for omsett litteratur.  ISSN 2387-4880.  2, s 114- 121

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