Bjørghild Kjelsvik

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian studies, University of Oslo since April 2009. I defended my dissertation at the same place in 2008. Leading themes of my work is African languages, cognitive linguistics and discourse analysis with a linguistic anthropology twist. My interest for Africa and identity linguistically expressed stems from working 7 years in a church/mission language project in Cameroon during the 1990s, doing literacy, book production and translation work in a small linguistic community there. For my dissertation I did further field work on language use patterns in
teaching and learning interaction in and out of school in the same area.

My present 3-year project is called "Africa in Norway - Identities in narratives", and investigate the negotiation of identity in spoken migrant narrative discourse. Data come from 3 different migrant groups
with a connection to Africa: asylum seekers from French-speaking Africa, 4-5 immigrant African women working in a kindergarten in Oslo and former Norwegian missionaries to Cameroon. How do their migration experiences come out in their narratives?

My project is part of the larger "Language, Culture and Identity in Migrant Narratives" project, led by Elizabeth Lanza and funded by the Norwegian Research Council 2008 - 2012.

University webpage: http://www.hf.uio.no/iln/om-instituttet/ansatte/vit/bjorghik-eng.xml