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  • E-mailKari.Kinn@uib.no
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    HF-bygget, Sydnesplassen 7
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    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

My academic interests include comparative syntax, language change, historical linguistics, language contact and heritage languages. To date, null arguments, pronouns and DP syntax have been been my major focus areas. I am currently investigating aspects of the syntax of American Norwegian, i.e. Norwegian spoken by the descendants of Norwegian emigrants to the USA/Canada. These speakers have acquired Norwegian in a naturalistic setting as young children, but are separated from the speech community in Norway. 

I was awarded a PhD at the University of Oslo in 2016 and have teaching experience from courses in Norwegian grammar, syntax and historical linguistics. Before taking up my current post, I held postdoctoral research positions at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oslo. 

I am the Principal Investigator of the research project Norwegian across the Americas

Academic article
  • Show author(s) 2020. Stability and attrition in American Norwegian nominals: a view from predicate nouns. Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Pronominale demonstrativer: Nye perspektiver fra norsk og svensk. Oslo Studies in Language (OSLa). 201-224.
  • Show author(s) 2018. On Ek and Jak in Middle Norwegian: Mixed Methods in Historical Sociolinguistics. Transactions of the Philological Society. 383-409.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Null arguments in Old Norwegian: Interaction between pronouns and the functional categories of the clause. Linguistic Variation. 309-346.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Referential vs. non-referential null subjects in Middle Norwegian. Nordic Journal of Linguistics. 277-310.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) 2021. Transmission of complex variation: American Norwegian argument shift .
  • Show author(s) 2021. Transmission of complex variation in a heritage language context: American Norwegian argument shift across generations.
  • Show author(s) 2021. Transmission of complex variation in a heritage language context: American Norwegian argument shift across generations.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Pronominal demonstratives in homeland and heritage Scandinavian.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Pronominal demonstratives in homeland and heritage Scandinavian.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Exploring Norn from a Heritage Language Perspective.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Argumentskiften över gränser och generationer.
  • Show author(s) 2019. Argumentskifte over grenser og generasjoner .
  • Show author(s) 2014. Null subjects in early Icelandic.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Developing Academic Word Lists for Swedish, Norwegian and Danish – a joint research project.
Short communication
  • Show author(s) 2020. Et grammatisk uttrykk for nærhet: psykologisk proksimale possessiver i norsk. NLT - Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift. 133-147.
Academic commentary
  • Show author(s) 2009. Henrik Ibsens skrifter 11. Tekstbind. 1.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) 2016. Null Subjects in the History of Norwegian.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) 2020. High and low phases in Norwegian nominals: Evidence from ellipsis, psychologically distal demonstratives and psychologically proximal possessives . 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2019. Bare singular nouns in Middle Norwegian. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2014. The cognitive status of null subject referents in Old Norse and their Modern Norwegian counterparts. 28 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Developing Academic Word Lists for Swedish, Norwegian and Danish - a joint research project. 7 pages.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) 2016. Null subjects in early Icelandic. Journal Of Germanic Linguistics. 31-78.

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