MultiLing’s four research professors visiting the Center in May and June

In 2016, with the funding that came with the status as a World-leading Research Community, MultiLing hired three highly reputable international scholars as research professors. This spring, all three of them have been and will be visiting Oslo and MultiLing.

The three research professors hired in 2016 are each affiliated with one of the three World-leading projects, covering the fields of multilingual aphasia, multilingualism and mediated communication, and multilingualism and globalization. The projects all have doctoral and postdoctoral research fellows attached to them, and during their visits in May and June, the research professors spent valuable time meeting and catching up with the projects and their participants, working on publications, and analyzing new data as well as attending local conferences.

MultiLing's research professors

Dr. Mira Goral is Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). At MultiLing, she leads the research work in the project Multilingual Aphasia, which she was also a part of developing, together with core group members Hanne Gram SimonsenMonica Norvik and Marianne Lind at MultiLing. The overarching aim of the project is to understand patterns of language use and recovery in multilingual individuals who acquire aphasia. Goral has also been involved in the planning of MultiLing's new socio-cognitiv lab, which was officially opened on March 22 this year.


Dr. Jannis Androutsopoulos is Professor at Universität Hamburg. At MultiLing, he is part of the Multilingualism and Mediated Communication project, which he developed in close collaboration with core group member Jan Svennevig. The main question of this project concerns how multilingual practices play out in digitally mediated interaction, including media and linguistic repertoires in multilingual families and interpreting in the virtual meeting room. 


Dr. Alastair Pennycook is Professor of Language in Education at the University of Technology Sydney. At MultiLing, Pennycook is part of the Multilingualism and Globalization project, which he took part in developing in collaboration with core group members Pia Lane and Unn Røyneland. The aim of the project is to study the role of different languages in Norway's contemporary multilingual landscape.

A fourth research professor added to the team in 2017

In 2017, a fourth scholar joined the team, and the first flagship project was launched in the field of multilingualism and forensic linguistics.


Dr. Aneta Pavlenko is research professor at MultiLing, and she has been with MultiLing from the start, originally as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). MultiLing launched forensic linguistics as a new research topic in October 2017, and Pavlenko leads the flagship project Communicating Rights in Police Investigative Interviews together with Jan Svennevig.

In May, Pavlenko was in Oslo as a member of the hiring committee for the new postdoctoral position attached to this project.

Published June 6, 2018 1:52 PM - Last modified Oct. 14, 2019 3:05 PM