Background and activities

I am Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis) of Modern English Language and Linguistics in the Department of Language and Literature. I received my undergraduate MA in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh in 2008, an MA in Syntax from University College London in 2009, and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014. Prior to starting at NTNU in 2015, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the English department of Ghent University in Belgium.

I have been responsible for teaching Global English (ENG1001), an introductory course about the history and structure of English and its various dialects; Theoretical Approaches to English (ENG2155), an introductory syntax course; Semantics and Pragmatics (SPRÅK3200), and Special Subject in English Linguistics (ENG3110). I am also interested in advising masters students on any subject within theoretical linguistics, in particular syntax and semantics, or concerning varieties of English.

Academic interests

I specialize in generative syntax and formal semantics. My work particularly focuses on the syntax and semantics of ellipsis (especially clausal ellipsis), which was the subject of my doctoral dissertation, 'Fragments and clausal ellipsis'.

I am also interested in microvariation -- particularly syntactic and semantic features of dialects of English, especially Scottish English, and of ‘reduced written register’ such as diaries, text messages, headlines etc. I am a member of the AcqVA (Acquisition, Variation and Attrition) research group, and am leader of the thematic group "Dialect and register in the individual" within that group.

My personal website contains more details and copies of papers etc. (some 'in press, to appear, submitted' etc. which do not appear in the below automatically-generated list).