New staff at MultiLing
Doctoral fellow Ingvild Badhwar Valen-Sendstad and postdoctoral fellows Pawel Kazimierz Urbanik and Olga Solovova are the newest members of the MultiLing team.
Ingvild Badhwar Valen-Sendstad has a master’s degree in Cross-cultural studies from the University of Copenhagen and is a part of MultiLing's research project “Multilingualism and Globalization – Perspectives from Norway”, led by Pia Lane. Her study attends to the multilingual dimensions of the Norwegian public health sector. It takes a multi-method approach, exploring how state-run healthcare institutions manage linguistic diversity, and how female patients of minority language backgrounds navigate healthcare systems and interactions with healthcare providers. Her research interests include language management, language politics, ideology, nexus analysis, ethnography, and discourse analysis.
Pawel Kazimierz Urbanik received his PhD in linguistics from University of Oslo in 2017. He is particularly interested in grammatical variation in interaction, conventionalization, semantic and pragmatic presupposition, and Polish and Norwegian contrastive grammar. At MultiLing he will be working on a project entitled “Communicating Rights in Police Investigative Interviews in Norway” led by Aneta Pavlenko and Jan Svennevig. They will investigate how Norwegian police inform suspects about their rights and – in particular – how investigators secure the understating of what is communicated while interrogating suspects who speak Norwegian as a second language.
Olga Solovova received her PhD in Modern Languages and Literatures (Sociolinguistics) from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 2014. Her research interests include language ideologies and policies, the discursive construction of cultural identity in multilingual societies, multilingual and biliterate literacy practices, and semiotic approaches to the social construction of space. At MultiLing she will be developing a Marie Skłodowska-Curie action (MSCA) that will look at trajectories across the lifespan among Russian-speaking linguistic actors, and on the role of speaking/writing Russian in the political economy of Northern Norway around the Russian-Norwegian border. Olga Solovova will be integrated into the international team of one of the flagship projects - “Multilingualism and Globalization – Perspectives from Norway”, led by Pia Lane. One of the project topics is multilingualism and globalization in the North, where Russian, Sámi, Kven and English are languages for cross-border communication. Solovova’s project will employ a series of qualitative research methods (e.g. ethnography, biographical workshops, linguistic landscape analysis, nexus analysis) to develop a critical, emic, collaborative and reflexive approach. It aims to open ways to understanding the dynamics of decision-making that multilingual speakers undertake in building their individual language repertoires, as well as to inform critical theory-building.