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Young, RichardHANH THI NGUYENRichard Frederick Young was born in London on October 15 in 1948. After graduatingfrom Oxford with a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics, he taught at the Univer-sity of Turin, then returned to England to earn a master’s degree in applied linguisticsfrom the University of Reading. He was with the British Council in Hong Kong as Materialsand Methodology Offi cer before settling in the United States in 1983. Young earned hisPhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989, with a dis-sertation that was the fi rst extension of quantitative variation theory to interlanguage. Hethen taught at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale until he joined the faculty at theUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993, where he is currently Professor in EnglishLinguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Young has also held visiting professorshipsat Pennsylvania State University, International Islamic University of Malaysia, and twounive...