Welcome to my page.

My name is Nate Young, and I am a lecturer in Linguistics at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism at Stockholm University and a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of English at the University of Bern. As of August, 2021, I will take a position as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at The Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oslo. I have a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Queen Mary, University of London.

My overarching theoretical interest concerns transnational questions on race and class in late modernity and how they pull on language variation and change. My current empirical focus is language contact and variation in Scandinavia with particular interest in Nordic multiethnolects and the racialization of the working class. A second empirical focus is the transmission of contact features such as high rising terminal in Southern British 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.