Bente Ailin Svendsen


Bente Ailin Svendsen is Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Scandinavian Linguistics. She initiated and co-developed Centre for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN). Svendsen has carried out research on multilingual socialization, competence and use among children and adults; and on linguistic practices and identity constructions among young people in multilingual urban settings. In the award-winning article, and one of the Journal of Sociolinguistics’ top most downloaded papers in recent publication history, the dynamics of citizen sociolinguistics, she has furthered Citizen Science in sociolinguistics. Svendsen has comprehensive experience with public communication in a variety of channels, such as through a language exhibition, language lounge, as well as media participation in radio and TV programs and in national, regional and local newspapers and magazines.

Research Interests:

Acquisition and Scandinavian Linguistics, multilingual socialization, Sociolinguistics, Multilinguism.

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