David Albert Natvig

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Room HW 426
Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Henrik Wergelands hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1102 Blindern 0316 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Heritage languages and linguistics
  • Language contact
  • Phonology
  • Phonetics
  • Sociolinguistics

My research focuses on phonological theory, language contact – including language shift and maintenance – and language change, particularly in connection to variation in English, Norwegian, and Heritage Norwegian sound systems.

Courses taught

  • Introduction to Germanic Linguistics. Spring 2019, St, Olaf College.

  • Rewriting Nordic Identities. Spring 2019, St, Olaf College.

  • First Semester Norwegian. Fall 2018, St. Olaf College.

  • First Year Norwegian. Fall 2012, 2013, 2016; Spring 2014, 2017, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

  • The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, writing-intensive section. Spring 2015, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

  • Introduction to Scandinavian Linguistics. Fall 2014, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

  • Contemporary Scandinavian Languages, Norwegian. Fall 2014, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

  • Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature, writing-intensive section. Spring 2013, University of Wisconsin–Madison.


2018. Ph.D. Scandinavian Linguistics. University of Wisconsin–Madison.

2013. M.A. Scandinavian Studies (Philology). University of Wisconsin–Madison.

2005. B.A. Linguistics, Scandinavian Studies. University of Wisconsin–Madison


  • 2019–2021. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, No. 838164.

  • 2017–18. University Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

  • 2015. American Scandinavian Foundation Dissertation Research Grant (Norway).

Positions held

  • 2018–2019. Visiting Assistant Professor, Norwegian Department. St. Olaf College.
  • 2011–2018. Graduate Student Instructor, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic. University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Selected Publications

2019. “Levels of representation in phonetic and phonological contact.” In Jeroen Darquennes, Joseph Salmons, and Wim Vandenbussche (eds.) Language Contact. An International Handbook, HSK 45.1, 88–99. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.

2017 “A Model of Underspecified Recognition for Phonological Integrations: English Loanwords in American Norwegian.” Journal of Language Contact, 10(1): 22–55.

2016 “Heritage Norwegian Vowel Phonology and English Dialect Formation.” Heritage Language Journal, 13(2): 245–274.

2016 with Samantha Litty, Jessica Funtanilla, Hunter Lockwood, James Maedke, Christopher Tabisz, and Joseph Salmons. “Anything goes: Extreme Polysemy in Lexical-Semantic Change.” American Speech, 91(2): 139–165.


Tags: Heritage languages and linguistics, Language contact, Phonology, Phonetics, Sociolinguistics, Multilingualism


  • Bousquette, Joshua & Natvig, David Albert (2020). Heritage language home and community: Gendered division of labor and language shift.
  • Natvig, David Albert (2020). Variation and Change of the American Norwegian Back Vowel Chain Shift Over Time.
  • Salmons, Joseph C. & Natvig, David Albert (2020). Sound Change.
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