I was born in Småland, and moved to Lund, where I studied to become a teacher. Having worked as a secondary school teacher for a couple of years I started my doctorate studies at Dept of Scandinavian languages at Lund University. I defended my thesis about word formation and syntax in 1997. Afterwards I worked in a project about language acquisition, held a post doc position, became assistant professor in Scandinavian languages 2001, and full professor in Swedish 2007. I have also worked on dialects, language history and the didactics of grammar. I presently work on gender systems in Swedish and related languages, as well as information structure.
I have been deputy head of Dept of Scandinavian languages, and also been in committees at faculty level. I am presently in the Ph.D. committee at the Faculties of Humanities and Theology. During 2009-2010 I work part time as an expert for the national Department of Education.
In my spare time I like to work on local history and be in my
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