Pernille Bonnevie Hansen

Associate Professor
+47 62 51 77 03
Mobile phone:
+47 997 74 337
Faculty of education
Department of Humanities
Visiting address:
Room: 2C275
Alf Prøysens Hus (Hovedbygg fløy C – nyeste del)
Holsetgata 31 N-2318 Hamar
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Mailing address:
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Postboks 400
2418 Elverum


Research interests

  • The mental lexicon and lexical processing
  • Language acquisition
  • Multilingualism
  • Clinical linguistics

Together with researchers at the University of Warsaw, OsloMet and the University of Oslo, Iinvestigate language and world knowledge development in Polish, Norwegian and Polish-Norwegian children aged 2 to 6. The project, Polish and Norwegian language and world knowledge development in mono- and multilingual children, is funded by the GRIEG funding scheme.


I am an associate professor in Norwegian. I have my academic background from the Centre of Excellence   MultiLing – Center for Multilingualism in Society Across the Lifespan, where I got my PhD in 2017, and worked as a postdoc between 2017 and 2020.

In my PhD project, I investigated the lexical development in mono- and multilingual children aged 0–6, asking what characterises the words children acquire early and how we may develop language assessment tools that can measure multilingual children's language development across all the languages they acquire. The latter is highly relevant for identifying children with developmental language disorders, and distinguishing them from multilingual children who lag behind their monolingual peers, but only in one of their languages.

Much of my work within this research topic has emerged from my participation in the former COST Action Language impairment in a multilingual society: Linguistic patterns and the roads to assessment, which consisted of linguists, psychologists and speech and language therapists from 34 countries.

In my postdoc project, I investigated lexical processing in multilingual persons with dementia. Taking a usage-based view on language, I studied how their processing were influenced by factors such as word class, word length, usage frequency, imageability, word age of acquisition, cognateness, language dominance, language skills and diagnostic information. The database Norwegian Words, which I co-developed, is central to these analyses.

I have lectured in phonetics, phonology, semantics, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics and statistics, and supervised on BA, MA and PhD level.

Publications and projects

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