Photography of Professor Andrew Linn

Professor Andrew Linn

Professor Andrew Linn wrote his PhD thesis at Cambridge University on the emergence of Nynorsk in the 19th century, and this led to his first book in 1997. He has published extensively on the history of linguistics in Scandinavia, including articles, edited volumes and monographs.

The work which led to his 2004 study of Johan Storm, the first professor of modern languages in Norway and a key figure in the standardisation of Norwegian in the 19th century, was funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, and he has received a series of grants from the British Academy and the Royal Swedish Academy for his subsequent work.

In 2007/8 he was based at the University of Bergen, again funded by the Leverhulme Trust, carrying out a study of Norwegian language politics over the past forty years.

Current research projects include Ola Nordmann Goes West, the virtual world of a nineteenth-century Norwegian emigrant.

Andrew Linn is an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and of the Agder Academy of Sciences.

Relevant publications

2010, ‘Voices from above—voices from below. Who’s talking and who’s listening in Norwegian language politics? In Current Issues in Language Planning 11:2, 114–129.

2010, ‘Can parallelingualism save Norwegian from extinction?’ In Multilingua 29:3-4, 289-305.

2007, with Leigh Oakes, 'Language policies for a global era: the changing face of language politics in Scandinavia'. In: Fandrych, Christian / Salverda, Reinier (eds.), Standard, Variation and Language Change in the Germanic Languages. Tübingen: Narr [12000 words], pp. 59-90.

2005 The Scandinavian Languages, Grammars and Grammar Writing to 1900. In: Peter Schmitter (ed.) Geschichte der Sprachtheorie: Sprachtheorien der Neuzeit 3:1. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 162-199.

2004 Johan Storm: dhi grétest pràktikal liNgwist in dhi werld. Oxford: Blackwell.

2003 Johan Storm, “målmennenes og fornorskingsmennenes argeste motstander”. In: Omdal, Helge & Rune Røsstad (eds) Krefter og motkrefter i språknormeringa. Om språknormer i teori og praksis Kristiansand: HøyskoleForlaget, 175-186.