My name is Nate Young, and I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at The Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oslo. I also work as a lecturer at the Department of Scandinavian Languages at Uppsala University. I have a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Queen Mary, University of London.
My overarching theoretical interest concerns language variation and change in late-modern Western socieites. My current empirical concentrations are (1) improving methods in forced alignment for Nordic languages, (2) investigating contact-induced innovations and changes in Scandinavian languages (e.g.,"Rinkeby Swedish"), and (3) exploring media-driven transmission of contact features (e.g., "uptalk" in English).
My training and expertise is in "Labovian" variationist sociolinguistics, a discipline that first emerged in North American studies of regional dialects and African-American Vernacular English.