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Young, Richard


Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal1300

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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NGUYEN, H. T. 2012. Young, Richard. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Richard Frederick Young was born in London on October 15 in 1948. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics, he taught at the University of Turin, then returned to England to earn a master's degree in applied linguistics from the University of Reading. He was with the British Council in Hong Kong as Materials and Methodology Officer before settling in the United States in 1983. Young earned his PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989, with a dissertation that was the first extension of quantitative variation theory to interlanguage. He then taught at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale until he joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993, where he is currently Professor in English Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Young has also held visiting professorships at Pennsylvania State University, International Islamic University of Malaysia, and two universities in Germany.


  • culture;
  • discourse analysis;
  • language variation and change;
  • language and social interaction;
  • second language acquisition;
  • assessment