Background and activities


I am a postdoc researcher at the department of language  and literature and I am a member of the AcqVA research group. I have completed my PhD in Linguistics from UiT the Arctic University of Norway in 2018 under the supervision of Professor Merete Anderssen and Professor Marit Westergaard. Before that, I completed my MA in Linguistics (2012) and my BA in Anthropology (2008) at the University of Bologna.

My current postdoc project is on Cross-Linguistic Influence in Norwegian-Italian bilinguals. the main focus of this project are possessive structures as both languages have the pre-and post-nominal structure but are used in different contexts in the two languages. Thus, these structures provide fertile ground for observing the direction and contexts in which CLI takes place.


Research Interests:

  • Language acquisition
  • Cross-Linguistic Influence
  • Bilingualism
  • Pragmatics
  • Possessives
  • Ditransitive structures
  • Givenness
  • Animacy
  • Referring expression
  • Adjectives


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


  • Velnic, Marta; Anderssen, Merete; Westergaard, Marit. (2018) Ditransitive structures in Croatian adult and child language: The role of animacy and givenness. 2018. ISBN 978-82-8244-193-3.