Deputy head of the Institute, research fellow, assistant professor, researcher in the project of compiling eSSKJ

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+386 1 470 61 85
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Location:
Novi trg 4 (1st floor)
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Researcher's IDs:
21708 (ARRS)
0000-0001-9762-0676 (ORCID)
56418493600 (Scopus)
Research interests

Nataša Gliha Komac (5 March 1974) is deputy head of the Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language and a researcher at the Lexicological Section. Her research focusses on applied linguistics and sociolinguistics, especially on language planning and language policy, with particular emphasis on needs and practices of different groups of language users. She specifically focusses on the status of the Slovenian language in areas of language contact and the use of Slovenian in public speech situations. She is also interested in standardization, normativity and language varieties. She participates in the making of the 3rd edition of the Dictionary of the Slovenian Standard Language (eSSKJ; 2016–), the Growing Dictionary of the Slovenian Language and answers questions at the Language Counselling site. She also works as an Assistant Professor at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU. She is a member of the international Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages at the Council of Europe, a member of the Commission for the Slovenian Language in Public at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, a member of the Scientific Council of the Slovenian Research Institute (SLORI) in Italy and the president of the Slovenian Cultural Centre Planika Val Canale, Italy. She also regularly writes columns for different newspapers.

Research Areas

● applied Linguistics and sociolinguistics

● language planning and language policy

● lexicology and lexicography

Education, Academic and Scientific Titles

● 2012–: research fellow, ZRC SAZU, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language

● 2009–: assistant professor of the Slovenian language, University of Ljubljana

● 2008: PhD thesis: Razvijanje sporazumevalne zmožnosti v slovenskem jeziku v jezikovno mešanem okolju Kanalske doline (Developing Communicative Competence in Slovenian in a Linguistically Mixed Environment of Val Canale), Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

● 2002: MA thesis: Širjenje slovenskega jezika v Kanalski dolini (Spreading the Slovenian Language in Val Canale), Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

● 1998: BA degrees in A – Slovenian Language and Literature and B – Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

● 1992: exit examination, Gimnazija Tolmin, Tolmin

Employments, Leadership Positions and Competences

Employments:

● 2016–2019: secondary employment, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana

● 2015–2017: visiting professor, University of Trieste, Italy (temporary employment)

● 2014/15: temporary employment, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

● 2011–2013: temporary employment, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana

● 2011–: ZRC SAZU, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language

● 2006–2011: Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana

● 2005–2007: Institute of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Education, University of Primorska

● 2005–2006: Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska

● 1999–2005: Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

● 1999: Municipality of Bovec

Leadership Positions:

  • 2018–: deputy head of the Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language, ZRC SAZU
  • 2016–2017: coordinator of the target research programme Language Policy of the Republic of Slovenia and the Needs of Users
  • 2014–2015: leader of the sociolinguistic part of the research project Selected Aspects of the Linguistic Situation in the Republic of Slovenia Used in Assessing the Efficiency of Its Current Legislation
  • 2010–: president of the Slovenian Cultural Centre Planika Val Canale, Italy
  • 2003–2015: managing 4 international research camps in Val Canale, Italy

Supervision:

● initiation of new colleagues into the work: Robert Cazinkić, Janoš Ježovnik, Duša Race

● PhD supervision: Tadej Kralj, Manca Černivec

● BA and MA theses supervision: Andreja Hergula, Andreja Joković, Nikoletta Vajda-Nagy, Eva Kavčič, Veronika Sossa, Jure Verčko

Other Experience:

● visits and guest lectures: Videm (2018, 2015), Padova (2014), Tinje (2014), Sarajevo (2019)

Work in Editorial Boards and Expert Commissions

● 2019–: member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, Council of Europe

● 2018–: member of the Commission on the Slovenian Language in Public, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

● 2018: member of the programme board of the international conference Research on European Sign Languages

● 2017–2019: member of the commission for assessment of the theses applied for the 15th and 16th Best Thesis Award of the Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad

● 2017–: member of the international scientific commission for the development of multilingualism in Val Canale, Italy

● 2017–: member of the expert council – portal Smej se (Slovenian as a Minority Language)

● 2015–: member of the editorial board of eSSKJ

● 2013–2015: member of the Working Group for the Preparation of the Action Plan for Education

● 2013–: member of the editorial board of the Language Counselling

● 2011–: member of the scientific council – Slovene Research Institute in Italy (SLORI)

Outstanding Achievements, Awards and Grants

  • 2018: guest editor of the 2nd issue of the scientific journal Slavia Centralis
  • 2016: co-editor of the scientific monograph Lipalja vas in njena slovenska govorica (Lipalja vas and its Slovenian Speech)
  • 2009: 1st prize for the PhD thesis on Slovenians living in the neighbouring countries, Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad
  • 2007, 2008: co-author of a bilingual English-Slovenian professional monograph O slovenskem jeziku / On Slovene, a publication presenting the Slovenian language during the Slovenian EU presidency
  • 2007: one-month research work at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Kanada
  • 2005: co-editor of the scientific monograph Ovčja vas in njena slovenska govorica / Valbruna e la sua parlata slovena (Ovčja vas and its Slovenian Speech)

Research areas

Linguistics H350 • Lexicology H353 • Applied linguistics, foreign languages teaching, sociolinguistics H360 • Folklore H400 

Keywords

• applied linguistics • sociolinguistics • language planning • language policy • languages in contact • Slovenian language in public use • lexicography 

Recognitions & awards

1st prize for the PhD thesis on Slovenians living in the neighbouring countries, Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad (2009)