Teaching and advising


I have been responsible for teaching a number of courses at NTNU, many co-taught with colleagues:

  • Global English (ENG1001), an introduction to the history, varieties, and sociopolitical role of English in the modern world
  • Theoretical Approaches to English Linguistics (ENG2155), an intermediate course in formal syntax (of a broadly Chomskyan sort) as applied to English
  • Semantics and Pragmatics (SPRÅK3200), a masters-level introduction to the analysis of meaning at the level of the word, the sentence, and conversation
  • Special Subject in English Language (ENG3110), an advanced course in English linguistics whose topic changes from year to year. Topics I have taught include syntactic variation in English dialects, and ellipsis and verbal anaphora.


I always welcome inquiries from prospective masters students. I particularly welcome proposals within comparative syntax (e.g. investigating understudied dialects of English, or comparing English and Norwegian), or proposals that have to do with ellipsis, but I am very happy to consider advising masters theses in any area within syntax or semantics. I’m also happy to consider (co)supervision of projects looking at other aspects of variation in/varieties of English, or to advise on the language component of an interdisciplinary thesis within English (for example, my cultural-history colleague Astrid Rasch and I have cosupervised a primarily historical thesis on the decline of Scottish Gaelic/rise of English in the Scottish highlands in the 18th and 19th centuries).