Pia Lane

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Pia Lane is a Professor of Multilingualism at MultiLing - Centre for Multilingualism in Society Across the Lifespan (MultiLing) at the University of Oslo where she was research leader for theme 3 at the centre: Multilingualism, ideologies and language policies.

She has investigated multilingualism from a range of theoretical perspectives, primarily drawing on data from Kven-speaking communities in Northern Norway, but also amongst Finnish-speakers in Canada. Her grammatical analyses are centred on code-switching, as in her recent article Kodeveksling og grammatisk samspill: Morfologisk integrasjon av norske substantiver, NOA. Norsk som andrespråk [Code-switching and grammatical interplay: Morphological integration of Norwegian nouns].

Her research addresses language as a part of a larger semiotic system, for instance showing how material objects are used as means for identity construction in a situation of language shift, outlined in the article Identities in action: a nexus analysis of identity construction and language shift. Visual Communication (2009).  “We did what we thought was best for our children.” A Nexus Analysis of Language Shift in a Kven community, International Journal of the Sociology of Language (2010) also analyses language shift. She has primarily worked within the framework of nexus analysis (developed by Scollon and Scollon) and an introductory article on nexus analysis has been commissioned for the Handbook of Pragmatics (John Benjamins).

Currently, Pia Lane’s main research focus is multilingualism, language policy and discourse analysis, and she has been PI of the project Standardising Minority Languages. The project investigated sociopolitical aspects of the standardisation of five European minority languages, with a particular focus on the role of users in these processes and how users accept, resist and reject aspects of standardisation. Together with James Costa and Haley De Korne she has edited the volume Standardizing Minority Languages​​​Competing Ideologies of Authority and Authenticity in the Global Peripherypublished Open Access by Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism.


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Pia Lane is a member of the core team of the Centre of Excellence Centre for Multilingualism in Society Across the Lifespan (MultiLing). She was a member of the Steering Committee, Management Committee and co-leader of the Working Group Indigenous minority languages Management Committee of the EU-financed network, New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges (COST Action IS1306). The network is co-ordinated by Bernadette O'Rourke and Joan Pujolar. She is also a member of the AILA Research Network on Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and Development, co-ordinated by Andrea Schalley and Susana Eisenchlas.

She is a member of the Norwegian Truth and Reconciliation Commission whose task is to investigate the Norwegianisation policy and injustice against the Sámi and Kvens/Norwegian Finns and propose measures for future reconciliation. 


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Tags: Multilingualism, Sociolinguistics, Language ideologies, Language policy, Language Policy and Planning, Language revitalisation, Language shift, Language Endangerment, Ethnography, Nexus Analysis, Mediated Discourse Analysis, Multimodality, Narratives, Kven, Sámi


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  • Johansen, Åse Mette & Lane, Pia (2022). Breaking silence: A longitudinal study of language shift.
  • Lane, Pia (2022). Ut av stillheten: Revitaliseringens paradokser.
  • Kvietok Duenas, Frances & Lane, Pia (2022). Indigenous experiences of language revitalization. Critical and decolonial perspectives on binary speaker categorizations.
  • Lane, Pia & Ramstad, Liss Ellen (2021). Sannhets- og forsoningskommisjonen; Mandat, status og veien videre.
  • Lane, Pia (2021). Caught unawares? Language shift and internalised ideologies.
  • Lane, Pia (2021). Minority language standardisation as mediated social action .
  • Solovova, Olga & Lane, Pia (2021). Northern borderscapes as material and historical frozen actions.
  • Lane, Pia Marit Johanne (2021). Multilingualism and language endangerment.
  • Røyneland, Unn; Lane, Pia & Grenoble, Lenore (2021). Linguistic Minorities in Europe online.
  • Solovova, Olga & Lane, Pia (2020). Russian in my head, Norwegian in my heart. Multilingualism in Sør-Varanger.
  • Lane, Pia (2020). Language standardization as frozen mediated actions: the materiality of language standardization .
  • Lane, Pia (2019). Trajectories of vulnerabilities.
  • Lane, Pia (2019). Ny stolthet over morsmålet. [Newspaper]. Ruijan Kaiku.
  • Zachariassen, Ketil & Lane, Pia Marit Johanne (2019). Store forventninger møtte Sannhets- og forsoningskommisjonen. [Internet]. NRK Kvensk/NRK Kvääni .
  • Lane, Pia & Johansen, Åse Mette (2019). Introduction to revitalisation and reclamation in Northern Norway.
  • Zachariassen, Ketil & Lane, Pia Marit Johanne (2019). Norwegian TRC Presentation.
  • Lane, Pia (2019). Sannhetskommisjonen inn i tøft arbeid – NRK Kveeni. [Radio]. NRK .
  • Lane, Pia (2019). Vi skal ikke sitte fast i smerten, men komme oss videre. [Internet]. NRK.
  • Lane, Pia (2019). Effective practices in teaching of and education in minority languages .
  • Lane, Pia (2019). Paradoxes of language revitalisation.
  • Lane, Pia (2019). Reclaiming indigenous minority languages .
  • Lane, Pia & Solovova, Olga (2018). Linguistic landscapes in the Northern Borderlands - a nexus analysis.
  • Lane, Pia (2018). Out of silence. Reclaimin indigenous minority languages.
  • Johansen, Åse Mette; Lane, Pia & Olsen, Torjer Andreas (2018). Mangfold i utdanningssystemet – hva er dagens muligheter og utfordringer? Panelsamtale.
  • Lane, Pia (2018). Sannhetskommisjonen: – Arbeidet kan bli tøft. [Newspaper]. Utrop.
  • Lane, Pia (2018). Det umulige «N-ordet» . [Newspaper]. Aftenposten.
  • Lane, Pia (2018). Fakta og myter om flerspråklighet.
  • Lane, Pia (2018). Out of silence. Reclaiming indigenous minority languages.
  • Lane, Pia (2018). Language rights – perspectives from Norway. Standardisation of Kven .
  • Lane, Pia (2017). Introduction: New Speakers and the European Charter of Regional and Minority Languages.
  • Lane, Pia (2017). Standardisering av kvensk.
  • Lane, Pia (2017). Abels Tårn. [TV]. NRK2.
  • Lane, Pia (2017). Multilingualism across the lifespan (Invited featured panel).
  • Lane, Pia (2016). Minority language standardisation as social action.
  • Lanza, Elizabeth; Røyneland, Unn & Lane, Pia (2016). MultiLing. Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan: A Center of Excellence in Norway. Sociolinguistica : Internationales Jahrbuch fuer Europaeische Soziolinguistik. ISSN 0933-1883. p. 223–231.
  • Lane, Pia (2016). Arrival - filmanmeldelse. [Radio]. Kulturhuset.
  • Lane, Pia (2016). Fleirspråklegheit i nord: språk og identitet.
  • Lane, Pia (2016). Kvensk er en del av det vi er. [Newspaper]. Finnmarken.
  • Lane, Pia (2016). Hjertespråket. [Radio]. Språkteigen, NRK.
  • Lane, Pia & Keating, Clara (2016). New speakers and life trajectories - an analysis of language experiences of Portuguese migrant speakers and Kven heritage speakers.
  • Lane, Pia (2016). Abels Tårn. [Radio]. Ekko NRK P2.
  • Lane, Pia (2016). Reclaiming a minority language: Becoming a new speaker.
  • Lane, Pia (2015). It takes more than two to tango - tverrfaglig forskning på flerspråklighet.
  • Lane, Pia (2015). På språkjakt! Standardisering av kvensk språk.
  • Lane, Pia (2015). Abels Tårn. [Radio]. Ekko NRK P2.
  • Lane, Pia (2015). Abels Tårn. [Radio]. Ekko .
  • Lane, Pia & Costa, James (2015). The War of the Words: Minority language standardization and orthographic debates in the globalized European periphery.
  • Lane, Pia (2015). Språkstatus er ingen livsgaranti. [Newspaper]. Vårt Land.
  • Lane, Pia (2015). Tiårsjubileum for kvensk språk. [Radio]. Nyhetsettermiddag NRK.
  • McAlinden, Finn & Lane, Pia (2015). The Secret Language.
  • Lane, Pia (2015). Abels Tårn. [Radio]. NRK Ekko.
  • Lane, Pia (2015). Standardiseringens to ansikt – metodologiske refleksjoner.
  • Lane, Pia (2015). Standardising minority languages: Emancipation or constraint?
  • Lane, Pia (2015). Minority language standardisation – methodological approaches.
  • Lane, Pia (2015). Minority language standardisation.
  • Lane, Pia (2015). Language shift.
  • Lane, Pia (2014). Catch me if you can: Minority language standardisation, variation and codification.
  • Lane, Pia (2014). Standardising minority languages and inscribing users.
  • Lane, Pia (2014). Abels Tårn. [Radio]. NRK Ekko.
  • Lane, Pia (2014). Hva har Bugøynes til felles med Lappe i Canada? [Newspaper]. Sør-Varanger Avis.
  • Lane, Pia (2014). Språkkontakt i Bugøynes og Lappe, Canada.
  • Lane, Pia (2014). Frozen in time? Social Actors and Minority Language Standardisation.
  • Lane, Pia (2014). Minority Language Standardisation: Users and non-users.
  • Lane, Pia (2014). ”What’s in it for me?” Prosjektsøknaden som virkemiddel til styrking av egen forskning, forskningsprofil og -nettverk.
  • Lane, Pia (2014). Fem myter om tospråklighet - lingvistisk myteknusing.
  • Lane, Pia (2014). Abels Tårn. [Radio]. NRK Ekko.
  • Lane, Pia (2013). Users and non-users. The standardisation of Kven.
  • Lane, Pia (2013). Stemmen vår. [Newspaper]. VG Helg.
  • Lane, Pia (2013). “It feels like now this is in our own language”: Religion, authenticity and belonging.
  • Lane, Pia (2013). Minoritetsspråkspolitikk og språkvalg – en longitudinell analyse av språkskifte.
  • Golden, Anne; Lane, Pia ; Lanza, Elizabeth; Ryen, Else; Simonsen, Hanne Gram & Svendsen, Bente Ailin (2013). Finn fem feil i debatten om tospråklighet. Aftenposten Innsikt. ISSN 1890-6931.
  • Golden, Anne; Lane, Pia ; Lanza, Elizabeth; Ryen, Else; Simonsen, Hanne Gram & Svendsen, Bente Ailin (2013). Bred enighet i internasjonal forskning om fordeler ved tospråklighet. Aftenposten Innsikt. ISSN 1890-6931.
  • Lane, Pia (2013). Abels Tårn, Ekko. [Radio]. NRK.
  • Lane, Pia (2013). Den stille kampen: Urfolk i en ny tid. [TV]. NRK2.
  • Lane, Pia (2013). Standardisering av minoritetsspråk. [Radio]. Språkteigen. NRK.
  • Lane, Pia (2013). En (u)mulig karriere i akademia?
  • Lane, Pia (2013). Minority Language Standardisation and the Role of Users.
  • Lane, Pia; Lanza, Elizabeth & Pennycook, Alastair (2019). Family multilingualism: Language practices and ideologies of Brazilian-Norwegian families in Norway. Universitetet i Oslo. Full text in Research Archive
  • Lane, Pia & Walsh, John (2014). Report on conceptualisations of new speakerness in the case of indigenous minority languages. New speakers in a munltilingual Europe, ISCH COST Action IS1306 .

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