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Department of Language and Culture bjorn.lundquist@uit.no +4777646571 Tromsø SVHUM A 2028

Lundquist, Björn


Job description

I am an associate professor at department of Language and Culture at UiT. In addition to teaching, I carry out research on linguistic variation and stability, mainly in my own project Experimental approaches to Syntactic Optionalily. During the last couple of years, I've spent a lot of time building up a database of syntactic variation in the North Germanic languages (in collaboration with Ida Larsson, Maud Westendorp, Eirik Tengesdal and Anders Nøklestad): the Nordic Word order database. In addition, I'm currently a member of three other resarch projects funded by the Norwegian Resaerch Council: Multilectal Literacy in Education (Project leader: Øystein Vangsnes), Grammatical Gender in Norwegain Dialects: Variation, Acquisition & Change (Project leader: Terje Lohndal), and Variation and Change in the Scandinavian Verb phrase (Project leader: Ida Larsson). Here in Tromsø, I collaborate with my colleagues in the research group CASTLFish and the reseach center AcqVA-Aurora. 

 

Find my CV here.


  • Paulina Lyskawa, Jade Jørgen Michael Sandstedt, Eline Visser, Nathan Joel Young, Bjørn Lundquist :
    Successes and shortcomings of phonological accounts of Scandinavian object shift
    Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 2022 DOI
  • Ida Larsson, Bjørn Lundquist :
    The development of Swedish particle placement
    Language Science Press 2022 DOI
  • Rachel Klassen, Bjørn Lundquist, Marit Westergaard :
    L1 Grammatical Gender Variation through the Representation in the Lexicon
    Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 2022 ARKIV / FULLTEKST / DOI
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Rachel Klassen, Marit Westergaard :
    Dynamikken i en språkendringsprosess: Bortfall av hunkjønnsformer i norsk
    NLT - Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift 2022 FULLTEKST / ARKIV
  • Marit Westergaard, Terje Lohndal, Bjørn Lundquist :
    Variable V2 in Norwegian Heritage Language: An effect of crosslinguistic influence?
    Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Maud Westendorp, Bjørn Lundquist :
    Tverrspråklig innflytelse fra L1 i tilegnelsen av argumentplassering i L2 norsk og svensk
    NLT - Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift 2021 ARKIV / FULLTEKST
  • Eirik Tengesdal, Bjørn Lundquist :
    Trykkplasseringa i latinske lånord og partikkelverb i tre norske dialektområde
    Novus Forlag 2021 FULLTEKST / ARKIV
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Maud Westendorp, Bror-Magnus S. Strand :
    Code-switching alone cannot explain intraspeaker syntactic variability: Evidence from a spoken elicitation experiment
    Nordic Journal of Linguistics 2020 ARKIV / FULLTEKST / DOI
  • Bjørn Lundquist :
    Argument placement in faroese
    Nordic Atlas of Language Structures (NALS) Journal 2020 ARKIV / FULLTEKST / DOI
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Merete Anderssen, Terje Lohndal, Marit Westergaard :
    Variation across individuals and domains in Norwegian heritage language
    Oslo Studies in Language (OSLa) 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Ida Larsson, Maud Westendorp, Eirik Tengesdal, Anders Nøklestad :
    Nordic Word Order Database: Motivations, methods, material and infrastructure
    Nordic Atlas of Language Structures (NALS) Journal 2019 ARKIV / FULLTEKST / DOI
  • Isabel Nadine Jensen, Roumyana Slabakova, Marit Westergaard, Bjørn Lundquist :
    The Bottleneck Hypothesis in L2 acquisition: L1 Norwegian learners’ knowledge of syntax and morphology in L2 English
    Second Language Research 2019 ARKIV / DOI
  • Merete Anderssen, Kristine Bentzen, Guro Busterud, Anne Dahl, Bjørn Lundquist, Marit Westergaard :
    The acquisition of word order in L2 Norwegian: The case of subject and object shift
    Nordic Journal of Linguistics 2018 ARKIV / DOI
  • Bjørn Lundquist :
    Mer om de preverbala adverbialens syntax,semantik och prosodi
    NLT - Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift 2018 FULLTEKST / ARKIV
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Øystein A Vangsnes :
    Language separation in bidialectal speakers: Evidence from eye tracking
    Frontiers in Psychology 2018 ARKIV / DOI
  • Paulina Lyskawa, Jade Jørgen Michael Sandstedt, Eline Visser, Nathan Joel Young, Bjørn Lundquist :
    Successes and shortcomings of phonological accounts of Scandinavian object shift
    2022
  • Ida Larsson, Bjørn Lundquist :
    Utvecklingen av svensk partikelplacering
    2022
  • Yulia Rodina, Bjørn Lundquist, Valantis Fyndanis, Eirik Tengesdal, Nina Hagen Kaldhol, Emel Türker :
    Second language acquisition and language processing: Grammatical gender in Norwegian
    2022
  • Maud Westendorp, Bjørn Lundquist :
    The presence of light objects affects variable verb and subject placement in North Germanic
  • Yulia Rodina, Valantis Fyndanis, Janne Bondi Johannessen, Bjørn Lundquist, Nina Hagen Kaldhol, Eirik Tengesdal et al.:
    Second language acquisition and language processing: Grammatical gender in Norwegian
    2021
  • Ida Larsson, Bjørn Lundquist :
    Pronomenskiften - variation förr och nu
    2021
  • Hanna Piliavets, Martin Krämer, Bjørn Lundquist :
    Retroflexion of rhotic-plus-sibilant sequences at word junctions in Northern Norwegian dialects
    2021
  • Ida Larsson, Bjørn Lundquist, Maud Westendorp, Anders Nøklestad, Eirik Tengesdal :
    The Nordic Word Order Database
    2020
  • Øystein A Vangsnes, Eli Bjørhusdal, Unn Røyneland, Göran Söderlund, Bjørn Lundquist, Marit Rong :
    Dei får tolv millionar tilå løfta nynorskprosjektet
    06. February 2020 FULLTEKST
  • Valantis Fyndanis, Janne Bondi Johannessen, Nina Hagen Kaldhol, Bjørn Lundquist, Yulia Rodina, Linn Iren Sjånes Rødvand et al.:
    Predictive gender processing in L2 adult learners of Norwegian: Effects of L1 (Greek, Russian, Turkish), syntactic and lexical congruency
    2020
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Maud Westendorp :
    Object shift feeds variable verb and subject placement: implications for linearization and production planning
    2020
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Anne Dahl :
    Introduction from our guest editors
    Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 2019
  • Bjørn Lundquist :
    On the importance of distinguishing three types of intra-speaker variation: Probabilistic conceptualization, underspecified form-meaning mappings and true speech errors
    2019
  • Terje Lohndal, Marit Westergaard, Bjørn Lundquist :
    V2 and non-V2 in Norwegian Heritage Language: Evidence for cross-linguistic influence
    2019
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Maud Westendorp :
    On the subtle and ephemeral effects effects of reflexives on verb and subject placement
    2019
  • Marit Westergaard, Terje Lohndal, Bjørn Lundquist :
    Variable V2 in Norwegian Heritage Language
    2019
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Maud Westendorp :
    No transfer of word order, but transfer of factors conditioning word order: evidence from Dutch L2 learners of Norwegian and Swedish
    2019
  • Bjørn Lundquist :
    Implementing the elsewhere condition via underspecification or overspecification (or neither): evidence from variation and processing of gender markers in Germanic.
    2019
  • Bjørn Lundquist :
    V3-triggering adverbs in Mainland Scandinavian
    2019
  • Yulia Rodina, Valantis Fyndanis, Janne Bondi Johannessen, Nina Hagen Kaldhol, Bjørn Lundquist, Eirik Tengesdal et al.:
    Grammatical gender processing in Russian second language learners of Norwegian
    2019
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Martin Corley, Eva Wittenberg :
    Priming of (in)transitivity in reading
    2019
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Janne Bondi Johannessen, Valantis Fyndanis, Yulia Rodina, Eirik Tengesdal, Nina Hagen Kaldhol et al.:
    Inter-language gender congruency has facilitative effects on L2 production and comprehension of grammatical gender, but only for high-proficient speakers of structurally similar languages
    2019
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Ida Larsson, Maud Westendorp, Eirik Tengesdal, Anders Nøklestad :
    Presenting the Nordic Word Order Database
    2019
  • Maud Westendorp, Bjørn Lundquist :
    Embedded V2 in Faroese and Mainland Scandinavian: results from a production study
    2019
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Eirik Tengesdal :
    Partikkelplassering og partikkelaksent i tre norske dialektområde i laupet av dei siste 80 åra
    2019
  • Marit Westergaard, Terje Lohndal, Bjørn Lundquist :
    V2 and non-V2 in Norwegian Heritage Language
    2019
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Ida Larsson, Maud Westendorp, Eirik Tengesdal :
    The Nordic Word Order Database: New methods for studying variation within and between speakers and varieties in North Germanic
    2019
  • Björn Lundquist, Anne Dahl :
    Introduction from our guest editors: Special issue: New theoretical and empirical takes on Norwegian: focusing on acquisition, variation and attrition
    Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 2019 DOI
  • Eirik Tengesdal, Ida Larsson, Bjørn Lundquist :
    Partikelvariationer i norska dialekter
    2018
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Øystein A Vangsnes :
    Bidialektal prosessering av genus i norsk: ein blikksporingsstudie
    2018
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Ida Larsson :
    Nordisk ordföljdsdatabas
    2018
  • Rachel Klassen, Bjørn Lundquist :
    Grammatical gender in the mental lexicon: Insights from L1 language change
    2018
  • Bjørn Lundquist :
    Challenges in cross-linguistic psycholinguistics: how to get below the surface
    2018
  • Bjørn Lundquist :
    Using eye tracking to assess separation of grammars in bilectal speakers
    2018
  • Bjørn Lundquist, Gillian C Ramchand, Mai Tungseth, Martin Corley, Antonella Sorace, Eva Wittenberg :
    Adventures in Structural Priming - The search for effects of Argument Structure
    2018

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    Research interests

    My background is in threoretical linguistics, with a focus on the syntax-semantics interface. My research interests today are fairly broad, spanning argument strucutre alternations, language processing, dialect variation and change, the syntax-prosody interface, language attrition and language acquisition, but all my research aims at gaining a better understanding of the architecture of the human language faculty.

     

    I'm currently involved in several projects, with local, national and international collaborators. I'll present some ongoing and recent projects/studies below, organized thematically.

     

    Eye tracking, Language change and the processing of Grammarical Gender in Norwegian 

    Over the last couple of years (2015-2018), we have been using psycholinguistic metohds, mainly eye tracking, to understand the current ongoing change in the Norwegian grammatical gender system. This research involves collablorations with Irina Sekerina  (CUNY), Marit Westergaard, Yulia Rodina, Rachel Klassen and Øystein Vangsnes. Here is some of the output and current research:

     Language separation in bidialectal speakers: evidence from eye tracking - (With Øystein Vangsnes. Recently submitted article about gender processing, grammar separation and language change.)
    Grammatical gender in the mental lexicon: Insights from L1 language change (With Rachel Klassen, abstract, presented orally at the TheGEN workshop, erlin 14-15 June 2016, Berlin. This is mainly Rachel's work, building on reaction time data collected through IbexFarm. Hopefully, we will collect more data over the coming months and write it up as an article - the results are really cool!)
    Dialect leveling as large scale mild language attrition (With Øystein Vangsnes. Poster presented at the CUNY colloquium 2017, covers partly the same data as the article 1 above.) 
    Gender Change in Norwegian Dialects: Comprehension is affected before Production (2016, with Yulia Rodina, Irina Sekerina and Marit Westergaard, article published in Linguistics Vanguard, special CUNY issue) 
    Featurally underspecified forms are not treated as informative cues, even when they are sufficiently contrastive in the available context Evidence from the Visual World Paradigm (2016, Poster presented at AMLaP 2016, Bilbao)
    Other stuff related to Gender in the Mainland Scandinavian languages, from a more theoretical and typological angle, see the following recent abstract: Gender syncretism as a result of overspecification, not underspecification and an old slideshow: Adjectival inflection in Mainland Scandinavian: Subset vs. Superset (2010 - 2011).

     

    The transitivity alternation project

     From 2013 to 2016 I was a reseracher (50%) in the Transitivity Alternation Project. The project was managed by Gillian Ramchand, and other collaborators included Antonella Sorace (Edinburgh) , Martin Corley (Edinburgh) and Mai Tungseth (UiT). We are still running some follow-up studies, now in collaboration with Eva Wittenberg (UCL, San Diego). Find more information about the project on Gillian's project page. Some of the output with links to articles, posters and presentations are listed below.

    Adventures in Structural Priming - The search for effects of Argument Structure. Argument Structure and Linguistic Processing (presentation at the Ars-Ling workshop at the 28th Colloquium of Generative Grammar, Tarragona, 2018, the whole slideshow is available here). A follow-up study was presented AMLaP 2019 (with Corley and Wittenberg), find slideshow here .
    Anticausatives are semantically reflexive in Norwegian, but not in English (Article in Glossa, 2016, with Tungseth, Corley, Sorace and Ramchand)
    Transitivity Alternations in English: Processing Subcategorization frames (Poster, AMLaP 2014, Ramchand, Lundquist, Tungseth, Corley and Sorace)
     

    Word order variation in North Germanic synchronically and diachronically

    Over the last couple of years I have been collaborating with Ida Larsson (UiO) on word order variation in Scandinavian, with a focus on particle placement, object shift and subject placement. Currently we are working within Ida's NFR-funded project Variation and Change in the Scandinavian Verb Phrase on building up a database of elicited production data, targetting variation with respect to consituent order in the Scandinavian languages. The elicitation method and the background research questions are described in the article The Nordic Word order Database: motivations, methods, material and infrastructure (accepted for publication). The database can also be browsed here: https://tekstlab.uio.no/nwd . Other related work is Ida's and my chapter on particle placement diachronally and synchronally in Swedish and Norwegian (again, only Swedish). For a more diachronic focus, see our poster from DiGS 2017: Argument Placement in Scandinavian - Stable Variation and Parametric Change. More news about the database to follow soon!

     

    Second language acquistion 

    Since Aumtumn 2016, I have been involved in a couple L2 acquisition projects.

    Testing the bottleneck hypothesis: acquisition of English morphology and word order by Norwegain students. (Collaboration with Isable Jensen, Roumyana Slabakova and Marit Westergaard: article under review - updates and links coming soon.)
    Acquistion of word order in L2 Norwegian: Object Shift and Subject shift (Ongoing work with Merete Andersen, Kristine Bentzen, Guro Busterud (NTNU), Anne Dahl (NTNU) and Marit Westergaard, article under revision - updates and links coming soon)
    Gender processing by Greek and Turkish L2 speakers of Norwegian (Since last year I've been helping out with an eye tracking study run at MultiLing in Oslo about Greek and Turkish L1 speakers' processing of gender in Norwegian. The first results were presented as a poster at AMLaP 2019. Find the poster here.
     

    The syntax-prosody interface

    The CASTL-fish research group at UiT had a strong focus on the syntax-prosody interface 2017-2018. Some of my work on the topic is listed below. My work on Scandinavian word order variation is recently also more oriented towards prosody. Some recent work below:

    Mer om de preverbala adverbialens syntax, semantik och prosodi (2018, article in Norsk lingvistisk tidskrift about V3 in Swedish triggered by preverbal adverbs)
    Morpho-syntactic restrictions on right- and left-headed maximal prosodic words in Mainland Scandinavian (2018, abstract for FINO workshop, find full slideshow here)
    Norwegian heiritage speakers in America

    Recently, I have been involved in two projects that build on the recordings of Norwegian heritage speakers, as collected in the CANS-corpus (Corpus of American Nordic Speech). The first one is a collaboration with Merete Anderssen and Marit Westergaard on noun phrase strucuture (possesives and definite expressions). This work centers around Merete and Marit's extensive research on the structure and acquisition of noun phrases in Norwegian. The article Crosslinguistic similarities and differences in bilingual acquisition and attrition: Possessives and double definiteness in Norwegian heritage language is now out in Binlingualism: Language and Cognitiion. The seocnd collaboration is with Terje Lohndal and Marit Westergaard on V2 in heritage Norwegian -- updates to follow soon! 

     

     

    Scandinavian dialect syntax

    A lot of my research targets syntactic microvariation within and between the Scandinavian languages. I was a researcher in ScanDiaSyn/NorDiaCorp project 2010-2013, together with Kristine Bentzen, Piotr Garbacz, Janne Bondi Johannessen (project leader), Ida Larsson and Øystein Vangsnes (project leader). This resultet in volume 1 of Nordic Atlas of Language Structures (online), with more than 60 articles each targetting the dialect varation with respect to a specific syntactic phenomenon. My articles (17) mainly cover argument structure/verb phrase syntax (overview here) and binding/co-reference (see overview here). More about micro-variation with respect to binding can be found in my paper On inter-individual variation and mid-distance binding in Swedish (2013, Working paper in Scandinavian Syntax).

     

    Voice, category change and argument structure

    Most of my work earlier was centered around different types of passives and nominalizations. I'm still working modelling the choice of passive in Swedish (periphrastic or synthetic), and the relationship between argument structure and category (adjectival and verbal particles, "big" and "small" nominalizations). Some work that still bears some relevanc is listed below, with links to published or unpublished material. 

    The role of tense-copying and syncretism in the licesing of morphological passives in the Nordic languages (2015, Studia Linguistica)
    The category of participles (2013, in chapter in Categorization and category change, which summarises my views on participles and nominalizations) 
    Double object passives, pseudo-passives and the complete loss of Case in Swedish (Extended handout from LAGB workshop on Double objects, 2015)
    Noun-verb conversion without a generative lexicon (2009, in Nordlyd special issue on Nanosyntax).
    Nominalizations and participles in Swedish (2008, PhD thesis from the University of Tromsø)
     

    The locus of cross-linguistic variation

    A common theme of my research is linguistic variation, both within and between languages and even speakers. Several of the publications above, e.g. the causative paper and the mid-distance reflexives paper. Other relevant work, with a focus on differences between Swedish and English, are listed below.

     

    Objects as locations in English and Mainland Scandinavian (with Gillian Ramchand, article in Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics, 2013) 
    Localizing cross-linguistic variation in Tense systems: On telicity and stativity in Swedish and English (2012, in Nordic Journal of Linguistics, fulltext here)
    Contact, Animacy, and Affectedness in Germanic (2012, with Gillian Ramchand, in Comparative Germanic Syntax: the state of the art, fulltext here)

     




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