Oliwia Szymanska

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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Henrik Wergelands hus 0313 Oslo
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Background

Oliwia Szymanska is a postdoctoral researcher at Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan. She has a doctoral degree from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland), and worked as a senior lecturer in Norwegian as a second language at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (UiO) in years 2018-2020. Earlier, she was an assistant professor and leader for Norwegian language studies at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. In many years she has taught Norwegian to physicians within specialist healthcare.

Academic interests

My main field of research is different aspects of second language acquisition and transfer studies with a special interest for conceptual transfer. My doctoral thesis in Norwegian as a second language elaborated on how Polish learners of Norwegian render basic spatial relations in the target language. At present I focus on the comprehension of Norwegian metaphorical expressions, and communication in Norwegian specialist healthcare, where many Polish learners are involved, both as physicians and patients. 

  • Second language acquisition and teaching
  • Second language theories
  • Norwegian as a second/foreign language
  • Norwegian grammar in  SLA perspective
  • Norwegian-Polish contrastive grammar
  • SLA corpora
  • Transfer studies

Tense in anamnesis (TEA). Preferences, precision and communicative strategies used by Polish doctors in L2 Norwegian.

The project (TEA) investigates the use of grammatical tenses in Norwegian spoken by Polish doctors in Norwegian healthcare when taking anamnesis. Previous studies have shown that substantial structural differences between the respective languages are manifested in inapt use of tense in L2 Norwegian. This may entail severe consequences in terms of treatment, or in a worst case scenario, put patients’ health and life in danger. With authentic oral data and cross-linguistic influence theory as a point of departure, the study will identify recurring tense distribution patterns in Poles’ L2 Norwegian, pinpoint areas especially prone to misunderstandings, and analyse the most common strategies for achieving effective communication. The data used in TEA will be audio- and video-recordings of authentic interactions involving Polish doctors speaking L2 Norwegian, transcribed and used for linguistic analysis.

Courses taught

NOAS 1100 Innføring i norsk som andrespråk - Universitetet i Oslo

NOAS 2101  Norsk språkstruktur i et andrespråksperspektiv

NOAS 2102 Andrespråksundervisning og andrespråkslæring

NOAS 2105 Skriftkyndighet i et andrespråksperspektiv: lesing og skriving

NOAS 4101 Andrespråksforskning i faghistorisk lys

NOAS 4103 Grammatiske emner i et andrespråksperspektiv

NOAS 4190  Masteroppgave i norsk som andrespråk 

NOR 3090  Bacheloroppgave i nordisk                                                                     

Publications

  • 2018 Setninger i norsk og polsk – definisjoner og inndelinger. In: Folia Scandinavica Posnaniensia vol. 25 (in collaboration with Marta Janik and Barbara Lukaszewicz)
  • 2018  Konseptualisering av rommet hos polske norskinnlærere - utfordringer og diagnoser. En korpusbasert studie med i og på i fokus, Warszawa: Dom Wydawniczy ELIPSA, ISBN 9788380171879, 175 p.
  • 2017 On how Polish Learners of Norwegian Render Spatial Prepositions in L2: A Corpus-Based Study of i and på. In: Golden, Anne, Scott, Jarvis, Tenfjord, Kari (red.) Crosslinguistic Influence and Distinctive Patterns of Language Learning: Findings and Insights from a Learner Corpus Golden, Multilingual Matters, ISBN 9781783098767, pp. 64-83
  • 2015 Hvorfor sitter vi på en sofa? In: NOA - Norsk som andrespråk, vol. 30, nr. 2, pp. 86-105
  • 2011 Norweski. Szybki start. (in collaboration with Anna Małkowska). Poznań: SuperMemo World. ISBN 5904617001069
  • 2010 A conceptual approach towards the use of prepositional phrases in Norwegian. The case of i and på. In: Folia Scandinavica Posnaniensia vol. 11., pp. 173-183
  • 2008 Krasj! Prom! Klask! Noen ord om en bråkete verden. In: Språknytt 2/2008, Oslo: Språkrådet.  ISSN 0333-3825
Tags: Second language acquisition, Transfer studies, Grammar, Norwegian-Polish contrastive grammar, Communication in specialist healthcare, Metaphors and feelings

Publications

  • Garbacz, Piotr; Golden, Anne; Opsahl, Toril; Solarek-Gliniewicz, Magdalena; Svennevig, Jan; Szymanska, Oliwia & Urbanik, Pawel Kazimierz (2021). Hva hemmer og fremmer kommunikasjon mellom nordmenn og polakker?. Utrop - Norges første flerkulturelle avis.
  • Szymanska, Oliwia (2021). An L2-speaking doctor in Norwegian health care: Expectations, Domains and Challenges.
  • Szymanska, Oliwia (2021). Norsk som andrespråk i (lege)praksis.
  • Golden, Anne & Szymanska, Oliwia (2020). Do Polish students grasp the point in Norwegian? An extended study on students’ comprehension of everyday metaphorical expressions. Revisited..
  • Szymanska, Oliwia (2020). Et par ord om kompleksiteten av sykehusuniverset. Innføring i helsenorsk og utfordringer for andrespråksbrukere..
  • Szymanska, Oliwia (2020). Norsk til tider er very vanskeli, right? Hva innebærer det å være flerspråklig og hvordan lærer barn og unge norsk som andrespråk?.
  • Szymanska, Oliwia (2020). Verke, banke, murre, skjære, synkope og prolaps. Dypdykk i symptombeskrivelse - workshop med fokus på helserelatert ordforråd..
  • Szymanska, Oliwia (2020). Vippet av pinnen. Om å utvikle metaforisk bevissthet hos andrespråkselever..
  • Szymanska, Oliwia & Golden, Anne (2020). Do Polish students grasp the point in Norwegian? A study on students’ comprehension of everyday metaphorical expressions from two conceptual metaphors..
  • Golden, Anne & Szymanska, Oliwia (2019). Blir polske norskstudenter vippet av pinnen av norske metaforer. En studie av polske studenters forståelse av norske hverdagslige metaforiske uttrykk..
  • Golden, Anne & Szymanska, Oliwia (2019). Hverdagslivets metaforer.
  • Szymanska, Oliwia (2019). Ambiguous, difficult and misunderstood? On how Polish and English translators render Norwegian modal particles in literary texts.
  • Szymanska, Oliwia & Janik, Marta (2018). Mestring av leddsetninger hos leger under og etter intens norskopplæring.
Published May 14, 2020 11:49 PM - Last modified Jan. 8, 2021 11:37 AM