Kjersti Faldet Listhaug

Associate Professor, Head of Study Programme in Foreign Languages

Department of Language and Literature
+47 73596548

Background and activities

Head of Study programmes (BA and MA) in Foreign Languages.

Research interests

  • Language acquisition, particularly second and third language acquisition
  • French linguistics
  • Language and perception, spatial language
  • The mental lexicon

Research groups and cooperation:

Teaching and supervision

I predominantly teach courses in French linguistics, but have also taught courses in more general linguistic theory and in language and cognition. I supervise masters' theses within the fields of French syntax and second- and third-language acquisition. I also supervise doctoral theses within the same fields.


  • PhD in Linguistics
  • Cand. Philol. (Master) in French. Has studied English and Norwegian as well.
  • Senoior Research Librarian 2016-2018: Open Access publishing, EndNote, literature and resources in language and linguistics.
  • Project manager digital assessment NTNU fall 2015
  • Adviser at the Examinations Office, Student and Academic Division, NTNU from March 2014 to February 2016.
  • Office manager at the Department of Language and Communication Studies in 2009
  • Office manager at the Department of Modern Foreign Languages in 2007/2008
  • Has worked at NTNU since 2002, as a student adviser from 2003 to 2007.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • Listhaug, Kjersti Faldet; Vulchanova, Mila Dimitrova; Helland, Hans Petter. (2015) Spatial Prepositions and Second Language Acquisition. The acquisition of spatial prepositions in French by native speakers of Norwegian. 2015. ISBN 978-82-326-1042-6.
  • Listhaug, Kjersti. (2002) Réflexions sur la fonction syntaxique de L'élément introducteur des constructions infinitives du français moderne. 2002.


  • Busterud, Guro; Dahl, Anne; Listhaug, Kjersti Faldet. (2019) Acquisition of verb placement in L3 French. Generative approaches to language acquisition (GALA 14) . University of Milano - Bicocca; Milano. 2019-09-12 - 2019-09-14.
  • Busterud, Guro; Dahl, Anne; Listhaug, Kjersti Faldet. (2019) Verb placement in L3 German. L3 Workshop . Universität Konstanz; Konstanz. 2019-06-07 - 2019-06-08.
  • Busterud, Guro; Listhaug, Kjersti Faldet; Dahl, Anne. (2019) Transfer in L3 acquisition - movement to where?. Workshop on V2 and related phenomena in acquisition, variation, and attrition. . AcqVA; Oslo. 2019-10-22 - 2019-10-23.
  • Listhaug, Kjersti Faldet. (2019) Hva vil det si å kunne et ord? Om vokabular i fremmedspråk. Den europeiske språkdagen. Halvdagsseminar for engelsk- og fremmedspråkslærere . Institutt for språk og litteratur, NTNU; Trondheim. 2019-09-26 - 2019-09-26.
  • Listhaug, Kjersti Faldet; Busterud, Guro; Dahl, Anne. (2019) Acquisition of verb placement in L3 German. GASLA Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition . University of Nevada, Reno; Reno, Nevada. 2019-03-22 - 2019-03-24.
  • Busterud, Guro; Dahl, Anne; Listhaug, Kjersti Faldet. (2018) Word order in L3 acquisition. International conference on multilingualism and multilingual education . Douglas college; New Westminster, Vancouver. 2018-05-31 - 2018-06-02.
  • Dahl, Anne; Listhaug, Kjersti Faldet; Busterud, Guro. (2018) L3 acquisition of verb placement. Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America - GALANA-8 . Indiana University, Bloomington; Bloomington, Indiana. 2018-09-27 - 2018-09-30.
  • Listhaug, Kjersti Faldet; Dahl, Anne. (2018) Flere språk til flere - Forskningsbasert kunnskap om flerspråklighet. Kunnskap:kaffe . NTNU Universitetsbiblioteket, Dragvoll; Trondheim. 2018-02-14 - 2018-02-14.
  • Listhaug, Kjersti Faldet. (2017) L'acquisition d'une troisième langue: Le français après l'anglais. Språkdagkonferansen 2017 . NTNU og Fremmedspråksenteret; Trondheim. 2017-09-26 - 2017-09-26.
  • Listhaug, Kjersti Faldet. (2013) Geometry and function in L2 spatial prepositions: Fine grained geometrical distinctions are hard to acquire in the L2. PIF 2013 Psycholinguistics in Flanders . KU Leuven; Leuven. 2013-05-30 - 2013-05-31.
  • Listhaug, Kjersti Faldet. (2013) L2 representations for spatial prepositions. Parallel grammars and multilingualism . NTNU; Trondheim. 2013-10-16 - 2013-10-18.
  • Listhaug, Kjersti Faldet. (2011) Effects of geometry and function on spatial prepositions in French and Norwegian - challenges in adapting test materials. Erasmus Intensive Programme. Special abilities and talents - patterns of cognitive processes in people with disabilities. . New Bulgarian University; Sofia. 2011-10-10 - 2011-11-21.