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Olga Anatoli Smith

PhD student

Multilingual language acquisition and socialization

I research on multilingual language acquisition and socialization. Using videography and methods of interactional linguistics, I document children’s linguistic and social development in peer-centered and child-adult interactions, particularly in the institutional setting of preschools.



Olga Anatoli Smith (Ivanova), Asta Čekaitė (2023) Child-initiated informings and conversational participation in a bilingual preschool Journal of Pragmatics, Vol. 217, p. 33-48 Continue to DOI
Anna Sparrman, Yelyzaveta Hrechaniuk, Olga Anatoli Smith (Ivanova), Klara Andersson, Deniz Arzuk, Johanna Annerbäck, Linnea Bodén, Mindy Blaise, Claudia Castañeda, Rebecca Coleman, Florian Eßer, Matt Finn, Daniel Gustafsson, Peter Holmqvist, Jonathan Josefsson, Peter Kraftl, Nick Lee, Karín Lesnik-Oberstein, Sarah Mitchell, Karin Murris, Alex Orrmalm, David Oswell, Alan Prout, Rachel Rosen, Katherine Runswick-Cole, Johanna Sjöberg, Karen Smith, Spyros Spyrou, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Affrica Taylor, Ohad Zehavi, Emilia Zotevska (2023) Child Studies Multiple: Collaborative play for thinking through theories and methods Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, Vol. 15 Continue to DOI


Katrina Daly Thompson, Olga Ivanova (Anatoli Smith) (2018) Religious Speech and Silence about Sexuality The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality Continue to DOI
Olga Ivanova (Anatoli Smith) (2018) Overcoming discursive prohibitions in participatory media: A case study on talk about homosexuality in Tanzania Language & Communication, Vol. 58, p. 34-46 Continue to DOI


Olga Ivanova (Anatoli Smith) (2013) Constructing social norms: The pragmatics of multimodal quotation boundaries in spoken Swahili Journal of Pragmatics, Vol. 57, p. 82-99 Continue to DOI

Research project



  • 2015-2018
    Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • 2015
    PhD, Applied Linguistics, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • 2009
    M.A. Asien-Afrika-Institut Hamburg University (Germany)
  • 2006
    B.A., Asian and African Studies, St. Petersburg State University (Russia)


Personal website


Children’s language acquisition in preschool amid multilingualism 


Teaching courses and supervise students in the Master of Social Science in Child Studies programme.