About Marta

velnic pictureI am working as a researcher on a project on ditransitive structures with my supervisor Merete Anderssen at the University of Tromsø (Norway). Here, I am part of the former Center of Excellence CASTL and the research groups LAVA and AcqVA. 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 investigated 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). The dissertation was article-based and it spurted four papers, all of which are available the Publications section in their current form.

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. Due to the academic influence of LAVA and AcqVA, I am planning to move away from monolingual acquisition into bilingual and multilingual acquisition, with a special interest in Cross-linguistic Influence. 

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