Organisation and staff

Ute Bohnacker

professor at Department of Linguistics and Philology

Email:
ute.bohnacker[AT-sign]lingfil.uu.se
Telephone:
+4618-471 7008
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsv. 3 H
Postal address:
Box 635
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Ute Bohnacker is Professor of Linguistics and Reader in Scandinavian Languages. Her research expertise is mainly in first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, narrative, grammar and discourse, with a special interest in the Germanic languages. Her recent work has expanded towards language assessment and impaired populations and examines typical and atypical multilingual child language development in a Swedish context.

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Research

Ute Bohnacker is Professor of Linguistics (full, since 2010) and Reader in Scandinavian Languages (2006). Having grown up in Germany as a dialect speaker of Swabian, she studied languages and linguistics at Tübingen, London and Durham (UK), with a PhD thesis (1999) on the syntax and morphology of bilingual child Icelandic/English. Her research expertise is mainly in first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, narrative, grammar and discourse, with a special interest in the Germanic languages. She also has a long-standing experience in supervising graduate students and teaching general linguistics, Swedish linguistics and German.

Ute Bohnacker's recent work has expanded towards language assessment and impaired populations and examines typical and atypical multilingual child language development. She is currently directing a research project on preschoolers and first-graders growing up with Turkish, Arabic, German and Swedish (BiLI-TAS, Swedish Research Council 2014-2019). Bohnacker and her team are investigating vocabulary comprehension and production, phonological processing and narrative abilities in relation to age, language exposure and background factors. By building a knowledge base for age-related linguistic skills of bilingual children in Sweden, better, evidence-based, decisions can be made about what is typical development and what should be considered a warning sign or clinical marker of impairment in multilingual children. Results are relevant for theoretical bilingualism as well as speech-language therapy and education.

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