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Wen Ge

PhD Candidate, funded by Volda University College
  • E-mailwen.ge@uib.no
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    5007 Bergen
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I am a PhD research fellow in Norwegian Linguistics at Volda University College. My PhD education is provided by the University of Bergen and funded by Volda University College. I mainly focus on Norwegian place-name research, but am interested in Norwegian language history and dialects as well. I also aim to contribute to international research cooperation between Norway and other countries, such as within place-name research. 

Ge, Wen. (2021). Kasusformer av adjektiviske førsteledd i sammensatte stedsnavn fra Ullensvang [Declension of adjective as the first element in compound place-names from Ullensvang] (Master's dissertation). University of Oslo. https://www.duo.uio.no/handle/10852/88886

Ge, Wen. (2019). The realisation of traditional local dialectal features in the address names of two Western Norwegian municipalities. Onoma, 54, 53–75. https://doi.org/10.34158/ONOMA.54/2019/4

PhD project (last updated: Oct 2022)

Working title 

Local inherited pronunciations of place-names: tradition, levelling and future in Norway and Denmark (Norwegian title: Lokal nedarva uttale av stadnamn: Overlevering, utjamning og vegen vidare i Noreg og Danmark)


Main supervisor: Peder Gammeltoft (Univ. Bergen)

Co-supervisor: Stig Jarle Helset (Volda Univ. College), Ivar Utne (Univ. Bergen)


Norway is sometimes demonstrated as a dialect paradise due to a high degree of dialect diversity and tolerance (Røyneland 2009). This applies to Norwegian place names and place name standardisation too. For instance, some dialectal features are not allowed in standard orthography, but in place-name standardisation (Språkrådet 2018). However, it has been mentioned in recent years that traditional local dialectal pronunciations of place-names are in decline in Norway, ref. Helleland 2015: 79, Søyland 2016: 40, 43. The aim of my project is to study 1) possible changes in pronunciations of place-names in relation to traditional local dialectal pronunciations and 2) various factors for possible changes. The project has a comparative perspective: I will study place-names from two areas in Norway and one area in Southern Jutland, Denmark. Possible changes in pronunciations of place-names will be investigated through apparent-time-method and real-time-method. Three possible factors for the possible changes will be examined: changes in dialect, place-name standardisation practice and an increasing number of newcomers with little or no knowledge of traditional local dialectal pronunciations of place-names. The findings will be important for place-name standardisation in Norway and Denmark. 


Helleland, Botolv. (2015). Gamle usamansette gardsnamn. Hardanger, 2015, 75-94.

Røyneland, Unn. (2009). Dialects in Norway: Catching up with the rest of Europe? International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 196–197, 7–30. https://doi.org/10.1515/IJSL.2009.015

Språkrådet. (2018). Utfyllande reglar om skrivemåten av norske stadnamn. https://www.sprakradet.no/Sprakarbeid/Stedsnavn/utfyllande-reglar-om-skr...

Søyland, Aud. (2016). Kvifor målføreformer i vegnamn? Nytt om namn, 63-64, 40–44.

Work experience

Research assistant for Norsk Ordbok a-h, University of Bergen (2021 - 2022, part-time)

NB: As part of the compulsory work in my PhD education, I will continue to work for Norsk Ordbok a-h and Norsk Stadnamnarkiv (Norwegian Place-name archive) at Univ. Bergen to some degree


Research assistant for Nafnið.isÁrni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Iceland (six weeks in 2020, full-time)



PhD in Scandinavian Linguistics, University of Bergen (2022 -          )

Viking and Medieval Norse Studies, University of Iceland & University of Oslo (MA, 2019 - 2021) 

Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics, University of Edinburgh (MA Hons, 2015 - 2019, with one year's Erasmus exchange at University of Oslo between 2017-2018)



I am a member in the following research organisations: International Council of Onomastic Sciences (including ICOS Young Scholar Network), Nordiska samarbetskommittén för namnforskning (Nordic cooperative committee for onomastic research), New Trends in Nordic Socio-onomastics and Norsk namnelag (Norwegian Name Society).


I am a new editorial board member for Nytt om namn, which is an annual bulletin for Norwegian name research. In addition to the editorial work, I write contributions to the bulletin.