Hi there! My name is Rachel Klassen and I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow leading the GenBiLex Project as part of the LAVA Group at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

Have a look around my website and feel free to get in touch with me if you don’t find what you’re looking for.



Ph.D., Hispanic Linguistics, University of Ottawa, Canada, 2016

M.A., Spanish (Hispanic Linguistics), University of Ottawa, Canada, 2011

Honours B.A, Languages (Spanish, French, German), Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, 2008


Current Research

  • asymmetric grammatical gender systems in the bilingual lexicon
  • variation in L1 grammatical gender
  • L2 gender agreement strategies
  • L1 & L2 processing of morphology in NN compounds
  • agreement in code-switching
  • variation in L2 English vocabulary


Areas of Interest

  • second language acquisition
  • bilingualism
  • mental lexicon
  • language processing
  • grammatical gender
  • morphosyntax
  • methodology & experimental design
  • eye-tracking
  • EEG/ERPs



  • Spanish
  • Norwegian
  • Flemish
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Latvian
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • English