Eivind Nessa Torgersen

Professor, Head of English and Foreign Languages Department of Teacher Education Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences
+47 73412775

Background and activities

I was previously a senior research associate at Lancaster University in the UK working on the Economic and Social Research Council-funded project Multicultural London English: the emergence, acquisition and diffusion of a new varietyI also worked on the project Linguistic Innovators: The English of adolescents in London. These studies dealt with both phonological and grammatical variation in the capital. I have also worked on variation in speech rhythm and voice quality in London.

Most of my language variation research has concentrated on vowel changes in south-east England, but I have also been working on a study on indefinite articles and pragmatic markers in London English funded by the British Academy (Analysis of London English using corpus tools, 2008).

My other research interests are in experimental phonetics and speech processing, especially models for word recognition. My PhD (Temporal and semantic factors in perception of the voicing contrast: Processing strategies in L1 and L2, University of Reading, 2004) was a psycholinguistic study on speech processing strategies in second language learners and native speakers of English. In particular it examined how language learners use phonetic and semantic information very early in time after the information was received.

Funded projects:

Acquisition of English in the multilingual classroom (with Anna Krulatz); Funded by the Norwegian Research Council, 2018-2022

Increasing teacher awareness about the positive impact of multilingualism on the acquisition of English (with Anna Krulatz); Funded by Sør-Trøndelag University College, 2015

Multilingualism in Trondheim public schools: Raising teacher awareness in the English as a Foreign Language classroom (with Anna Krulatz and Anne Dahl); Funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, 2014

Analysis of London English using corpus tools; Funded by the British Academy, 2008

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Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Torgersen, Eivind Nessa; Hårstad, Stian; Mæhlum, Brit Kirsten; Røyneland, Unn. (2015) Language Variation - European Perspectives V : Selected papers from the Seventh International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 7), Trondheim, June 2013. John Benjamins Publishing Company. 2015. ISBN 9789027234971. Studies in Language Variation (17).

Part of book/report

  • Fox, Sue; Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2018) Language change and innovation in London: Multicultural London English. Sociolinguistics in England.
  • Krulatz, Anna; Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2017) Lingvistiske og sosiale fordeler av flerspråklighet - Fra forskning til pedagogisk praksis innenfor engelskfaget. Mangfold gjennom anerkjennelse og inkludering i skolen.
  • Torgersen, Eivind Nessa; Gabrielatos, Costas; Hoffmann, Sebastian. (2017) A corpus-based analysis of the pragmatic marker you get me. Studies in Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics.
  • Dahl, Anne; Krulatz, Anna; Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2016) Forging a Linguistically Diverse Future: Implications for EFL Teacher Education Programmes in Norway. Anglistentag 2015 Paderborn.
  • Kerswill, Paul; Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2016) London’s Cockney in the twentieth century: stability or cycles of contact-driven change?. Listening to the Past - Audio records of Accents of English.
  • Krulatz, Anna Maria; Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2016) The Role of the EFL Classroom in Maintaining Multilingual Identities - Issues and Considerations in Sør-Trøndelag Public Schools. Critical Views on Teaching and Learning English Around the Globe Qualitative Research Approaches.