I am a researcher in the field of Conversation Analysis. A major interest is the establishment of understanding in conversations where one party is a second language user. Other topics of research are pragmatic particles in Norwegian and communication in institutional encounters, such as meetings and police investigative interviews. For the time being, I am the Principal Investigator in the project Communicating rights in police investigative interviews (2018-2021), investigating how police investigators inform suspects with second language background about their rights. I am also part of the project L2 communication among Polish migrants in Norway, where I work with communication in construction sites. Finally, I have also led a project on Language and communication in multilingual speakers with dementia (2015-2020).
Prevention of comprehension problems in conversations with second language users
Multilingualism and dementia
Pragmatic particles in Norwegian
Police investigative interviews
Communicating rights in police investigative interviews, 2018-2021
Second-language communication in workplace settings — the case of Polish migrants in Norway, 2020-2023 (NorPol)
Svennevig, Jan (2021). How to do things with signs. The formulation of directives on signs in public spaces, Journal of Pragmatics, 175, 165-183.
Svennevig, Jan & Landmark, Anne Marie (2019). Accounting for forgetfulness in dementia interaction. Linguistics Vanguard 5 (s2), s 1- 12 .
Svennevig, Jan; Hansen, Pernille; Simonsen, Hanne Gram & Landmark, Anne Marie Dalby (2019). Code-switching in multilinguals with dementia: patterns across speech contexts.Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics. doi:10.1080/02699206.2019.1600170
Svennevig, Jan, Jennifer Gerwing, Bård Uri Jensen, Meredith Allison (2019). Pre-empting understanding problems in L1/L2 conversations: Evidence of effectiveness from simulated emergency calls. Applied Linguistics 40(2), 205-227. https://doi.org/10.1093/applin/amx021
Svennevig, Jan (2018a). Decomposing Turns to Enhance Understanding by L2 Speakers, Research on Language and Social Interaction, 51:4, 398-416, DOI: 10.1080/08351813.2018.1524575
Svennevig, Jan 2013: Reformulation of questions with candidate answers, International Journal of Bilingualism 17(2), 189–204.
Svennevig, Jan 2012a: The agenda as resource for topic introduction in workplace meetings. Discourse Studies 14(1), 53–66.
Svennevig, Jan 2012b: On being heard in emergency calls. The development of hostility in a fatal emergency call. Journal of Pragmatics 44 (11): 1393-1412.
Svennevig, Jan 2008. Trying the easiest solution first in other-initiated repair. Journal of Pragmatics 40 (2), 333–348.
Svennevig, Jan 2004. Other-repetition as display of hearing, understanding and emotional stance. Discourse Studies 6/4: 489–516.
Svennevig, Jan 2003. Echo answers in native/non-native interaction. Pragmatics 13/2, s. 285–309. (pdf )
Svennevig, Jan 1999 Getting acquainted in conversation. A study of initial interactions. Pragmatics & Beyond New Series), Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (se Google books )
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