Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2020
    apl. Professor, Humboldt University of Berlin

  • 2018 – 2021
    Visiting professor, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden

  • Since 2017
    Head of the Research Area 'Multilingualism and Language development', Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin

  • 2011 – 2017
    Coordinator of the Research Area 'Multilingualism and Language development'

  • 2016
    Deputy Professorship Duisburg/Essen University

  • 2011
    Habilitation (Language Acquisition). Humboldt University of Berlin

  • 2011
    Deputy Professorship, Chair of psycholinguistics, Humboldt University of Berlin

  • 2009 – 2010
    Deputy Professorship, Chair of Slavic linguistics, Hamburg University

  • 2009
    Habilitation (Russian linguistics). Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St. Petersburg

  • Since 1999
    Researcher, Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft

  • 1998 – 1999
    PostDoc, Humboldt University of Berlin

  • 1997 – 1998
    PostDoc, Vienna University

  • 1997
    PhD, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St.Petersburg

  • 1987
    Diploma, Russian language and literature. Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St.Petersburg

  • 1983 – 1987
    Studies of linguistics and literature, old Slavonic, psychology. Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St.Petersburg

Selected publications

  • Gagarina, Natalia & Josefin Lindgren. 2020. Preface: New language versions of MAIN: Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives – Revised. ,New language versions of MAIN: Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives – Revised.ZAS Papers in Linguistics (ZASPiL 64), ix-xii.

  • Gagarina, Natalia & Renate Musan (eds.). 2020. Referential And Relational Discourse Coherence in Adults and Children. Studies on Language Acquisition, 53. Berlin: De Gruyter.

  • Bohnacker, Ute & Natalia Gagarina (eds.). 2020. Developing narrative comprehension: Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives. Studies in Bilingualism 61. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

  • Gagarina, Natalia. 2014. Diagnostics of first language competence in the context of migration. In Solveig Chilla & Stefanie Haberzettl (eds.), Multilingualism. Series Handbook of Language Development and Language Development Disorders, Vol. 4, 73-84. München: Elsevier.

  • Gagarina, Natalia. 2014. Morphological Development. In Patricia J. Brooks & Vera Kempe (eds.), Encyclopedia of language development, 382-387. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications.

  • Gagarina, Natalia, Klop, Daleen, Kunnari, Sari, Tantele, Koula, Välimaa, Taina, Balčiūnienė, Ingrida, Bohnacker, Ute & Walters, Joel. 2012. MAIN: Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives. ZAS Papers in Linguistics 56. Berlin: ZAS.

  • Gagarina, Natalia, Klassert, Annegret & Topaj, Nathalie. 2010. Russian Language Proficiency Test for Multilingual Children. ZAS Papers in Linguistics 54, Sonderheft. Berlin: ZAS.

  • Gagarina, Natalia. 2008. First Language acquistion of verb Categoreis in Russian. St. Petersburg, Nauka.

  • Gagarina, Natalia. 2008. Anaphoric pronominal reference in Russian and German narratives: bilingual and monolingual settings. Zeitschrift für Slawistik 53 (3), 326-338.

  • Gagarina, Natalia & Gülzow, Insa (Eds.) 2006. The Acquisition of Verbs and their Grammar. The Effect of Particular Languages. Springer.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • DFG project RUEG P10 – Dynamics of Verbal Aspect and (Pro)Nominal Reference in Language Contact (with Prof. Dr. Dr. hc Artemis Alexiadou, HU Berlin/ZAS and Prof. Dr. Luka Szucsich, HU Berlin) in the Research Unit "Emerging Grammars in Language Contact Situations: A Comparative Approach"

  • DFG project RUEG P3 – Nominal Morphosyntax and Word Position in Heritage-Russian in the Context of Different Majority Languages with Luka Szucsich, since 2018

  • Funded by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung: Interdisciplinary Research Alliance (IFV): Language Development of Elementary School Children with Migrant Backgrounds with Manfred Krifka, 2016 – 2021

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft)

  • Member of IASCL (International Association for the Study of Child Language)

  • Founding Member of GISKID (Gesellschaft für interdisziplinäre Spracherwerbsforschung und kindliche Sprachstörungen im deutschsprachigen Raum e.V.)

  • Member of the Advisory Board of Clara Hoffbauer University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam, since 2017

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Project 'Language Level Assessment of Children with a Migration Background' of the Daimler und Benz Foundation, since 2016

  • Member of the Nominating and Appointing Committee of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL), since 2016

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the 'International Association for the Study of Child Language', 2014 – 2020

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of EuroSLA (European Second Language Acquisition), since 2018

  • Member of the editorial board of the journal Studia językoznawcze, since 2021

  • Member of the editorial board of the Open Access Series Didaktik der slawischen Sprachen DidasS, since 2021

  • Member of the editorial board of the journal Journal of Home Language Research

  • Member of the editorial board of the journal Open Slavic Linguistics

  • Member of the editorial board of the journal Language Development Research

Media coverage

  • 16. October 2018 – ivi.tv (in Russian), Sprache und Medien als Reflexion der Identität russischsprachiger Migranten in Deutschland, Interview with Natalia Gagarina

  • 26. May 2018 – Green Education Congress, Lecture and interview with Natalia Gagarina at the "Green Education Congress" ("Grüner Bildungskongress") organised by Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (08:58-09:30)

  • 23. February 2018 – couchFM / Das Berliner Campusradio, Theme Mehrsprachigkeit on Mother Tongue Day, Interview with Natalia Gagarina (44:30 – 47:55)

  • 8. October 2017 – RTVD TV, Serie Land und Menschen, "Страна и люди", Билингвизм, Interview with Natalia Gagarina (in Russian) about multilingualism

  • 21. February 2017 – Kulturradio RBB, Muttersprache, Vatersprache, Landessprache – wie Kinder damit zurechtkommen können, Interview with Natalia Gagarina

  • 18. October 2016 – Focus Online, Deutschpflicht auf Schulhöfen? Expertin hält das für fatal, Article with a reference to Natalia Gagarina

  • 27. August 2016 – Morgenpost, Die Sprachkünstler, Article about two multilingual families in Berlin with reference to the work of the BIVEM

  • 16. December 2014 – Funkhaus Europa, Research on 'Multilingualism, including an interview with Natalia Gagarina (in Russian)

  • 8. December 2014 – Televisió 3 (Katalanischer Fernsehsender), Els socis bavaresos de Merkel proposen que els immigrants parlin alemany a casa, Television report on the CSU appeal on the German obligation of migrants, with BIVEM session and statement by Natalia Gagarina

  • Nov./December 2013 – Die Gaste (Türkisches Magazin der Initiative zur Förderung von Sprache und Bildung e.V.), Erst Türkisch oder Russisch, dann Deutsch – warum die Herkunftssprache bei Mehrsprachigkeit so wichtig ist, Contribution by Natalia Gagarina and Insa Gülzow

  • 24. April 2013 – Radio Paradiso, Auf den Punkt, Teil 4, Radio interview with Özcan Mutlu, education policy spokesman for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, on the work of BIVEM

Additional qualifications

  • 2011 Habilitation-2 "Language assessment and language production in the first language of bilingual children", Humboldt University of Berlin


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