Master of Arts in Scandinavian Languages, Literature, French, Gothenburg (Sweden) University, 1968. Diploma in Teaching, Gothenburg (Sweden) University, 1969. Degree in English, Linköping University, 1973.
Doctor of Philosophy in Scandinavian Languages, Uppsala (Sweden) University, 1982.
Research assistant Stockholm University, 1978-1981, professor, chair in Swedish, 1998—2002. Research assistant Uppsala University, 1981-1982, from lecturer to assistant professor, 1982-1990, associate professor, 1990-1998, professor, chair Modern Swedish, sociolinguistics Sweden, since 2003. Director research group Uppsala University, 1992-1998.
Member International Association Applied Linguistics (vice president 1993-1999, convenor science commission since 1993).
Married Elving Gunnarsson, March 6, 1965. Children: Fredrik, Veronica, Jessica.