About Marta

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I currently a Postdoctoral researcher at NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in the Department of Language and Literature. Here, I am part of the AcqVA group. My postdoctoral project consists of researching Cross-Linguistic Influence in possessive structures in Norwegian-Italian bilingual populations.

I am also keeping an active collaboration with UiT- The  Arctic University of Norway where I completed my doctoral degree by working on a project investigating dative alternation and object shift in Norwegian in collaboration with  Merete Anderssen

I have a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Linguistic Science, both from Alma Mater Studiorum the University of Bologna (Italy), and I have completed my doctorate at UiT- The Arctic University of Norway. 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 was 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 in the Publications section.

I am also interested in the acquisition of gender and am currently working on a paper that compares the acquisition times of Croatian and Italian children. As a side project and as a follow.up to some of my research questions regarding my dissertation, I am conducting a follow-up study on Croatian word order, more precisely the influence of animacy and givenness on word order in Croatian ditransitives (adult native speakers). 

With my Postdoctoral project on CLI, I am hoping to make a successful entry in research on Bilingualism as the main aim of the project is to investigate how does CLI work when two structures (pre-and postnominal possessives) are present in both languages (Norwegian and Italian). 

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