Paul Sbertoli-Nielsen

Doctoral Research Fellow - Ibero-romansk
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Academic interests

Generally, I am interested in how talk-in-interaction contributes to building or breaking down interpersonal relationships, and how such dynamics may be affected by the participants' various linguistic and cultural backgrounds. In my PhD project, I am comparing how bilabial and polar response particles are used in mundane conversations in Peninsular Spanish and East Norwegian. I am particularly curious of how these particles may be used for overt or covert disagreement, and how that may play out in the following conversational turns. My project touches on the intersection of prosody, interactional semantics and cross-cultural pragmatics. It may yield insights of value for didactics in both Spanish and Norwegian, and be of general interest for anyone seeking to overcome communicative challenges in intercultural relationships.


My MA is in European Languages from the University of Oslo, focusing on Spanish Language and Linguistics, including courses in Corpus Linguistics, Relevance Theory, and Language and Communication in Multicultural Societies. As part of my BA major in Spanish Language, I did an Erasmus exchange to the University of Valencia, Spain, where I was lucky enough to audit unforgettable lectures by professor Antonio Briz and the Val.Es.Co. research group on Colloquial Spanish. From earlier years, I hold a BA in Philosophy from the University of Oslo, with an emphasis on Epistemology and the Philosophy of Language.

After attaining a general certificate of education (praktisk-pedagogisk utdanning) from the University of Oslo, I worked for four years as a teacher in a Norwegian upper secondary school, giving classes in Spanish and 'Communication and Culture'. The latter course let me draw on a wide range of academic and personal experience in service of the pupils' reflections on their own identity in the cultural complex they are part of, and on how that may affect their communication. I found this very fulfilling, and I am looking forward to the possibility of teaching at University level when my PhD is completed.

From 2009 until 2016, I worked as a Student Councellor and administrator of studies at the University of Oslo, mostly for Romance Studies. My tasks included hosting information meetings, maintaining and developing web pages, time schedules and course admissions, and supporting the faculty in both their daily work and reform processes.

Tags: Comparative Conversation Analysis, Interactional Linguistics, Cross-Cultural Pragmatics, Spanish, Norwegian, Response Particles


  • Nielsen, Pål Sbertoli (2022). Calmly dodge or emphatically negate?
  • Nielsen, Pål Sbertoli (2022). Dodging disagreement? Mhm and mm in Peninsular Spanish and Urban East Norwegian.

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