Andrew Linn

Head of College - LAS

309 Regent Street London W1B 2HW
Homelands | Research

Connect with me

I joined the University of Westminster in February 2016 as Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities, and I am currently Head of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research.. I am also Professor of Language, History and Society.

My first degree (at Emmanuel College, Cambridge where I was organ scholar) was in English, followed by a Master's degree in General Linguistics and a PhD in the History of Linguistics.

From 2003 I was Professor of the History of Linguistics at the University of Sheffield. In my time at Sheffield I was successively Head of English Language and Linguistics and Director of Research in the Arts and Humanities. I spent the academic year 2007-2008 working at the University of Bergen on a Leverhulme Fellowship, and in 2012 I was visiting professor at the University of Paris 7-Diderot.

I am a Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi) and of the Agder Vitenskapsakademi, a strategic reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council and President of the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas.

My research activity is concentrated in two main fields: the history of linguistics and language policy & planning. Recent projects include:

  • Developing a Language Policy for Higher Education in Uzbekistan
  • English in Europe: Opportunity or Threat? (Principal Investigator on a Leverhulme International Network)
  • Ola Nordmann Goes West: Using virtual worlds and on-line social networking technologies as historical research tools (Principal Investigator on an AHRC research grant)
  • The History of Applied Linguistics (my most recent article investigates the role played by new specialized journals in establishing the field in the late nineteenth century)

Some completed research projects:

  • Shaping Language Policy: the Norwegian Experience (Leverhulme Trust)
  • J. A. Lundell and the Anglo-Scandinavian School in Linguistics (British Academy / Royal Swedish Academy)
  • An Intellectual Biography of Johan Storm (Leverhulme Trust)

2018

The significance of a historical perspective on language planning and language policy making. Listening to past voices to inform future policy: the voice of Johan Storm. (2018)
Linn, A. 2018. The significance of a historical perspective on language planning and language policy making. Listening to past voices to inform future policy: the voice of Johan Storm. in: Perspectives on Two Centuries of Norwegian Language Planning and Policy Uppsala Academia Regia Gustavi Adolphi. pp. 103-114
Modern foreign languages get a voice: the role of the journals (2018)
Linn, A. 2018. Modern foreign languages get a voice: the role of the journals. in: McLelland, N. and Smith, R.C. (ed.) The History of Language Learning and Teaching Oxford Legenda. pp. 145-160
Language standardization in sociolinguistics and international business: Theory and practice across the table (2018)
Linn, A., Sanden, G.R., Piekkari, R. and Refsum Sanden Guro 2018. Language standardization in sociolinguistics and international business: Theory and practice across the table. in: Sherman, T. and Nekvapil, J. (ed.) English in Business and Commerce Berlin de Gruyter Mouton. pp. 19-45

2014

Parallel languages in the history of language ideology in Norway and the lesson for Nordic higher education (2014)
Linn, A. 2014. Parallel languages in the history of language ideology in Norway and the lesson for Nordic higher education. in: Hultgren, A.K., Gregersen, F. and Thøgersen, J. (ed.) English in Nordic Universities. Ideologies and practices Amsterdam John Benjamins. pp. 27-52

2013

Vernaculars and the idea of a standard language (2013)
Linn, A. 2013. Vernaculars and the idea of a standard language. in: Allan, K. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the History of Linguistics Oxford Oxford University Press. pp. 359-374

2016

Investigating English in Europe: Contexts and Agendas (2016)
Linn, A. 2016. Investigating English in Europe: Contexts and Agendas. Berlin de Gruyter Mouton.

2015

Attitudes towards English in Europe (2015)
Linn, A., Bermel, N. and Ferguson, G. (ed.) 2015. Attitudes towards English in Europe. Berlin de Gruyter Mouton.

2014

English in the language ecology of "high proficiency" European countries (2014)
Lynn, A., Hadjidemetriou, C. and Linn, A. (ed.) 2014. English in the language ecology of "high proficiency" European countries. Berlin de Gruyter Mouton.

2004

Johan Storm: dhi grétest pràktikal liNgwist in dhi werld (2004)
Linn, A. 2004. Johan Storm: dhi grétest pràktikal liNgwist in dhi werld. Oxford Blackwell Publishers.

1997

Constructing the Grammars of a Language: Ivar Aasen and nineteenth-century Norwegian linguistics (1997)
Linn, A. 1997. Constructing the Grammars of a Language: Ivar Aasen and nineteenth-century Norwegian linguistics. Munster Nodus Publikationen.

2015

Nordic migration to the New World (2015)
Linn, A. 2015. Nordic migration to the New World. Marlborough Adam Matthew Digital.

2015

English in Europe: rethinking international English (2015)
Linn, A. 2015. English in Europe: rethinking international English. emagazine. 68 (11), p. 12.
From Voss to New York: Norwegian transmigration to America and the use of virtual worlds in historical research (2015)
Linn, A. 2015. From Voss to New York: Norwegian transmigration to America and the use of virtual worlds in historical research. Historisk tidsskrift. 94 (2), pp. 229-255.

2011

Impact: Linguistics in the real world (2011)
Linn, A. 2011. Impact: Linguistics in the real world. Histoire Epistemologie Langage. 33 (1), pp. 15-27.

2010

Can parallelingualism save Norwegian from extinction? (2010)
Linn, A. 2010. Can parallelingualism save Norwegian from extinction? Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication. 29 (3-4), pp. 289-305.
Voices from above—voices from below. Who’s talking and who’s listening in Norwegian language politics? (2010)
Linn, A. 2010. Voices from above—voices from below. Who’s talking and who’s listening in Norwegian language politics? Current Issues in Language Planning. 11 (2), pp. 114-129.

Browse

Browse our directory to find staff profiles containing contact information, biography and list of publications.

Related links

Research strategy
Our University

Discover how the University of Westminster is organised and who makes the University tick.