Background and activities

I am a postdoc researcher at the Department of Language and Literature and a member of the AcqVA research group. I received my PhD in Linguistics at the University of Oslo (spring 2020), supervised by professor Janne Bondi Johannessen and professor Ida Larsson. Before that, I completed my MA in linguistics (2015) and my BA in Dutch language and literature (2013) at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Currently, I am a postdoc at the GenVAC project, where we investigate grammatical gender in Norwegian dialects. The project studies variation, acquisition and change in gender, especially with respect to the feminine gender.

Research interests

  • Syntax and morphology
  • Multilingualism
  • Dialect variation
  • Language acquisition
  • Heritage languages including American Norwegian
  • Definiteness
  • Grammatical gender

Other academic activities

Member, Steering Committee Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas (WILA), 2020-2022.

Guest editor, Nordic Journal of Linguistics, special issue on Heritage Languages & Bilingualism, published October 2021.

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

Part of book/report

  • van Baal, Yvonne. (2018) Compositional Definiteness in Heritage Norwegian: Production Studied in a Translation Experiment. Selected Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas (WILA 8).