About me

I am a Nordic linguist at Volda University College and currently also engaged in two projects:  Experimental Approaches to Syntactic Optionality (ExSynOp; 2020–2023) at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway as well as linguistic phylogenetic components within the Nordic Peoples and Plants project at the University of Oslo’s Natural History Museum (2020–2023). I have previously held posts in Nordic linguistics at the University of Tromsø, Nord University, and the Humboldt University of Berlin.

My main research interests lie in the intersection between historical/theoretical phonology and traditional philology; using insights from phonological theory and typology to study in detail geographic and chronological variation in historical Nordic textual material. Recently I have had particular focus on harmony processes and the insights harmony systems can provide on matters of phonological representations and the division of labour in phonology more generally.

Originally from western Minnesota, my interests in the language sciences began in studying variation and attrition of heritage Norwegian speakers in the Midwest. I have a BA in linguistics and Scandinavian languages from the University of Minnesota and an MPhil/MA in Norse philology jointly from the University of Iceland and University of Oslo. I undertook my PhD in linguistics at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Patrick Honeybone and Pavel Iosad where I was the first recipient of the McIntosh-Patterson PhD Studentship from the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics.