Background and activities

Research overview

Most of my research deals with phonological and grammatical variation in London, focussing on variation and change in vowel systems. I was a senior research associate at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom (2004-2010) working on the Economic and Social Research Council-funded projects Multicultural London English: the emergence, acquisition and diffusion of a new variety and Linguistic Innovators: The English of adolescents in London. I have also worked on variation in speech rhythm and voice quality, and I was the principal investigator on 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).

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.

Over the last few years I have been working on acquisition of English in multilingual classrooms in Norway and have held funded projects in this area.

Research grants

Acquisition of English in the multilingual classroom (with Anna Krulatz); The Research Council of Norway, 2018-2022

Increasing teacher awareness about the positive impact of multilingualism on the acquisition of English (with Anna Krulatz); 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); The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, 2014

Analysis of London English using corpus tools; The British Academy, 2008

Current teaching and supervision

I supervise Dianna Walla who is a PhD student working on the project Acquisition of English in the Multilingual Classroom.

I am a Visiting Professor at Nord University where I teach phonetics and co-supervise a PhD student, Tone Stuler Myhre.


Scientific, academic and artistic work

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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

  • Sevinc, Yesim; Krulatz, Anna; Torgersen, Eivind Nessa; Christison, MaryAnn. (2022) Teaching English in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms in Norway: Teachers' Beliefs, Practices, and Needs in Multilingual Education. Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Teaching Foreign Languages in Multilingual Settings: Pedagogical Implications.
  • Kerswill, Paul; Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2021) Tracing the origins of an urban youth vernacular: founder effects, frequency and culture in the emergence of Multicultural London English. Advancing Socio-grammatical Variation and Change - In Honour of Jenny Cheshire.
  • Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2021) Language and Street Culture in the Big City. Routledge Handbook of Street Culture.
  • Dahl, Anne; Krulatz, Anna; Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2018) The Role of English as a Foreign Language in Educating Refugees in Norway. Educating Refugee-background Students: Critical Issues and Dynamic Contexts.
  • Ekiert, Monika; Lampropoulou, Sofia; Revesz, Andrea; Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2018) The effects of task type and L2 proficiency on discourse appropriacy in oral task performance. Task-Based Approaches to Teaching and Assessing Pragmatics.
  • Fox, Sue; Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2018) Language change and innovation in London: Multicultural London English. Sociolinguistics in England.
  • Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2018) Teaching pronunciation. Teaching and Learning English.
  • Torgersen, Eivind Nessa; Gabrielatos, Costas; Hoffmann, Sebastian. (2018) A corpus-based analysis of the pragmatic marker you get me. Studies in Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kerswill, Paul; Cheshire, Jenny; Fox, Sue; Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2013) English as a contact language: the role of children and adolescents. English as a Contact Language.
  • Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2012) A perceptual study of ethnicity and geographical location in London and Birmingham. Dialectological and folk dialectological concepts of space.
  • Fox, Sue; Khan, Arfaan; Torgersen, Eivind Nessa. (2011) The emergence and diffusion of Multicultural English. Ethnic Styles of Speaking in European Metropolitan Areas.