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Verónica Adriana Pájaro

Associate Professor

E2058 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )

I am interested in issues of discourse, power and multilingualism and how these are played out in social interaction and in institutional contexts and work with the intersections between language, migration, work and education. I teach multilingualism, Norwegian as a second language, communication and discourse analysis in teacher training and Master programs. I have a PhD in sociolinguistics from the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan at the University of Oslo (MultiLing). My Doctoral thesis analyzes the negotiation of professional selves and multilingual repertoires in authentic job interviews in Norway.

In 2021 I published an edited volume on second language acquisition of Norwegian by adult learners together with Professor Marte Monsen Andrespråkslæring hos voksne. Vitenskapelige innsikter og didaktiske refleksjoner [Second language learning in adults. Scientific perspectives and didactic reflections]I am also a member of the steering committe of the language and work group, an international network of scholars interested in language, work, and social inequality. In the period 2022-2024 I am a visiting scholar at CITRA, Workers Innovation Centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


  • Multilingualism 
  • Norwegian as a second language
  • Language and work
  • Language and migration
  • Critical sociolinguistics
  • Interactional sociolinguistics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Narrative Analysis


Spring 2024

KOM401 Text and discourse analysis

Autumn 2023

NO401 Language and power


I supervise MA and PhD theses in the areas multilingualism, discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, language in the workplace, digital discourse and communication, linguistic anthropology. Send me an email if you ar interested in working with me.


2022 - 2024 Visiting Scholar - CITra, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2021 -          Associate Professor in nordic linguistics - University of Agder

2020 - 2021 Associate Professor in norwegian linguistics - University of South Eastern Norway

2019 - 2020 Assistant Professor in norwegian linguistics - University of South Estern Norway

2017 - 2018 Lecturer in norwegian - Innland Norway University of Applied Sciences

2012 - 2016 PhD candidate - Multiling Center for Multilingualism - University of Oslo


I am a core group member in the project Norwegian across the Americas (2020-2024), financed by the Norwegian Reasearch Council and led by Associate Professor Kari Kinn (UiB).

I am also part of the research group in the project Language across time and space: Following UN-refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Norway, led by professor Guri Bordal Steien (HINN)

Vitenskapelige publikasjoner

  • Monsen, Marte; Pájaro, Verónica (2021). Andrespråkslæring hos voksne : Vitenskapelige innsikter og didaktiske refleksjoner. ISBN: 9788202687373. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. s 268.
  • Pájaro, Verónica (2023). Multilingual Repertoires in Norwegian Job Interviews: Assets or Liabilities?.
  • Pájaro, Verónica (2023). "Model Minorities" in a "Sociolinguistic Paradise" Latin Amerikanske innvandrere i norske jobbintervjuer.
  • Pájaro, Verónica (2023). Performances of «new» racial identities. The case of feminismo villero in Argentina..
  • Opsahl, Toril; Svennevig, Jan; Urbanik, Pawel Kazimierz; Goncalves, Kellie; Pájaro, Verónica; Arum, Nuranindia Endah (2023). Multilingualism in the workplace.
  • Pájaro, Verónica (2022). Technologies of refugee government: Intake interviews and the institutional regulation of newly-arrived refugees to Norway.
  • Pájaro, Verónica (2022). Visible and invisible competences. Mapping refugees’ linguistic, educational and work experiences at intake interviews in Norway.
  • Kinn, Kari; Pájaro, Verónica; Lund Stokka, Marie (2021). A new approach to heritage Norwegian: Norwegian in Latin America.
  • Pájaro, Verónica (2021). Feminismo villero: Language, class, gender and race in Argentina’s feminist movement..


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