My major research interest is English syntax, especially the interplay of syntactic structures with semantic and pragmatic factors in English. Several of my papers deal with the role that word order plays in expressing meaning in English, such as my papers on adverb placement and clause-initial thus. In most of my research I use a corpus-linguistic approach. Recently I have been working with Michael Wherrity on the use of the English progressive aspect with so-called stative verbs, using Columbia School Theory.
I teach undergraduate courses in English linguistics, grammar and language history and graduate courses in Old and Middle English, corpus linguistics, English syntax and linguistic theory.
I received my B.A. in English, German and French from Karlstad University and my teaching certificate from Mölndal Teacher Training College. I pursued my doctoral studies at Brown University, R.I., USA, Umeå University and University of Gothenburg. In 1994 I received my Ph.D. in English linguistics, and started working at Karlstad University the same year. Before then, I was a teacher in lower and upper secondary school. I was appointed professor of English in 2005.