Kari Kinn


Professor , Scandinavian linguistics


Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies


My academic interests include comparative syntax, language change, historical linguistics, language contact and heritage languages. To date, null arguments, pronouns and DP syntax have been been my major focus areas. I am currently investigating aspects of the syntax of American Norwegian, i.e. Norwegian spoken by the descendants of Norwegian emigrants to the USA/Canada. These speakers have acquired Norwegian in a naturalistic setting as young children, but are separated from the speech community in Norway. 

I was awarded a PhD at the University of Oslo in 2016 and have teaching experience from courses in Norwegian grammar, syntax and historical linguistics. Before taking up my current post, I held postdoctoral research positions at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oslo. 

I am the Principal Investigator of the research project Norwegian across the Americas

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