About Marta

velnic pictureI am currently completing my PhD at the University of Tromsø (Norway) where I am part of the former Center of Excellence CASTL and the research group LAVA. I have a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Linguistic Science, both from Alma Mater Studiorum the University of Bologna (Italy). You can download my full CV here.

In my PhD project “ Ditransitive structures in Croatian adult and child language: the role of animacy and givenness” I investigate how Croatian children acquire the possible word orders of dative alternation (Direct Object-Indirect Object/Indirect Object-Direct Object). Since Croatian has relatively free word order, another goal of this project is to understand what role givenness plays in structuring the information, how children use the various forms since all of them are possible but not equally appropriate in every context, and how this influences the choice of the form of the two objects (NP, Pronoun, or Clitic). In my article-based dissertation, I plan to have four papers, all of which you can see in a draft version in the Publications section.

I am also interested in the acquisition of gender on which I have written my Master’s Thesis; adjectives and particularly the distinction of long and short adjectives in Croatian; and more broadly on word order, givenness, animacy, focus

Other than a PhD student, I am a mum of a lovely two-year-old boy; I enjoy baking and playing board games.